Del Norte County Airport
|Del Norte County Regional Airport|
Jack McNamara Field
|Owner||Border Coast Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Crescent City, California|
|Elevation AMSL||61 ft / 19 m|
Del Norte County Regional Airport (IATA: CEC, ICAO: KCEC, FAA LID: CEC), also known as Jack McNamara Field, is a public airport three miles northwest of Crescent City, in Del Norte County, California. It is used for general aviation and has one commercial passenger flight per day to and from Oakland under the Essential Air Service program.
Federal Aviation Administration records state that the airport had 12,541 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 11,490 in 2009 and 14,341 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (i.e. more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
In the year ending May 31, 2011 the airport had 12,565 aircraft operations, average 34 per day: 72% general aviation, 27% air taxi, and 1% military. 26 aircraft were then based at the airport: 77% single-engine and 23% multi-engine.
Historical airline service
Southwest Airways was serving the airport by 1950 with Douglas DC-3 aircraft flying multi-stop routings several times a day to San Francisco. According to the airline's July 7, 1950 timetable, the first flight of day was named the "Sun Riser" and flew a routing of Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - Fort Bragg/Mendocino - Ukiah - Santa Rosa - Vallejo/Napa - Oakland - San Francisco. This same timetable lists other southbound flights serving Crescent City that were named the "San Francisco Express" and the "Woodsman" while northbound flights were named the "Lumber King", the "Redwood Empire Express" and the "Sundowner". Southwest Airways then changed its name to Pacific Air Lines which in 1959 was serving the airport with Douglas DC-3 and Martin 4-0-4 prop aircraft with flights to San Francisco on routings of Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - San Francisco; Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - Ukiah - Santa Rosa - San Francisco; or Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - Redding - Red Bluff - Chico - Marysville/Yuba City - Sacramento - San Francisco and was also operating nonstop service between Crescent City and Medford, Oregon. By 1964, Pacific Air Lines had introduced the airport's first turbine powered airline flights with Fairchild F-27 turboprops and was continuing to operate the Martin 4-0-4 into Crescent City as well with similar multi-stop routings being flown to San Francisco and also nonstop to Portland, Oregon.
In 1968, Pacific Air Lines merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which subsequently changed its name to Hughes Airwest in 1970. Air West was operating all flights into the airport in 1968 with Fairchild F-27 turboprops with daily roundtrip routings of Portland, Oregon - Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - Redding - Chico - Marysville/Yuba City - Sacramento - San Francisco or Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - Redding - Chico - San Francisco In 1972, Hughes Airwest was continuing to serve the airport with the F-27 with one of the flights operating a northbound routing of San Francisco - Eureka/Arcata - Crescent City - North Bend, Oregon - Corvallis, Oregon - Portland, Oregon - Astoria, Oregon - Tacoma, Washington - Seattle. By 1980, Hughes Airwest was no longer serving the airport as the air carrier had retired its F-27 fleet and had become an all-jet airline.
Several commuter airlines served the airport over the years as well. In 1976, Eureka Aero Industries was operating nonstop flights to Eureka/Arcata with continuing service to Eureka's Murray Field airport with Cessna 402 aircraft. WestAir was serving the airport by the early 1980s and in 1985 was operating Cessna 402 aircraft nonstop to Eureka/Arcata with continuing service to Sacramento. WestAir also offered connecting service via either Eureka/Arcata or Sacramento to San Francisco at this time.
WestAir subsequently became a United Express air carrier via a code sharing agreement with United Airlines and in 1994 was operating British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 propjets on a routing of Crescent City - Eureka/Arcata - Sacramento - San Francisco several times a day. During the late 1990s, WestAir lost its designation as a United Express carrier and was replaced by SkyWest Airlines which in 1999 was operating service as United Express from the airport with nonstop and direct flights to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) operated with Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops. In 2007, SkyWest operating as United Express was continuing to fly Embraer EMB-120 propjets from the airport with nonstop service to both San Francisco and Eureka/Arcata with direct one-stop flights to Sacramento. SkyWest subsequently ceased all United Express service into Crescent City in 2015.
From August 2017, the only remaining passenger airline service, which was flown by PenAir with Saab 340 turboprops via a code sharing agreement with Alaska Airlines, operated nonstop to the Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon. This service has since been terminated following PenAir filing for bankruptcy.
New airline jet service
On February 28, 2018 Contour Airlines announced it would begin flying between Crescent City and Oakland (OAK) using an Embraer ERJ-135 regional jet with service which began on April 11th, 2018. This new service marked the first time Crescent City has had scheduled passenger airline flights operated with a jet aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
|Ameriflight||North Bend/Coos Bay, Portland (OR)|
|FedEx Feeder||Arcata/Eureka, Sacramento|
- FAA Airport Master Record for CEC ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27.
- "California State Military Museum". M.L.Shettle. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- "U.S. Naval Activities World War II by State". Patrick Clancey. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, July 7, 1950 Southwest Airways system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, July 1, 1959 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, July 1, 1964 Pacific Air Lines system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, July 1, 1968 Air West system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1972 Hughes Airwest system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, Sept. 1, 1980 Hughes Airwest system timetable
- Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Crescent City flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, July 15, 1981 WestAir route map & Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Crescent City-Eureka, Eureka-Sacramento, Eureka-San Francisco & Sacramento-San Francisco flight schedules for WestAir
- Sept. 15, 1994 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Crescent City flight schedules
- http://www.departed flights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), San Francisco-Crescent City flight schedules
- Feb. 2007 OAG Flight Guide Worldwide, Crescent City flight schedules
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1997-2649) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2004-7-29: re-selecting SkyWest, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide essential air service at Crescent City, California, at the annual subsidy rate of $816,025 per year for the period ending July 31, 2006.
- Order 2006-6-15: re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service at Crescent City, California, for the two-year period from August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2008, at an annual rate of $957,025.
- Order 2008-4-23: re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide essential air service at Crescent City, California, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,136,896, through July 31, 2010.
- Order 2010-5-19: re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Crescent City, California, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,781,888. The selection extends from August 1, 2010, through July 31, 2012.
- Order 2012-5-21: re-selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a United Express, to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Crescent City, California, for $1,996,959 annual subsidy.
- FAA Terminal Procedures for CEC, effective July 19, 2018
- Resources for this airport:
- AC-U-KWIK information for KCEC