Joplin Regional Airport

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Joplin Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Joplin
Serves Joplin, Missouri
Elevation AMSL 981 ft / 299 m
Coordinates 37°09′06″N 094°29′54″W / 37.15167°N 94.49833°W / 37.15167; -94.49833Coordinates: 37°09′06″N 094°29′54″W / 37.15167°N 94.49833°W / 37.15167; -94.49833
JLN is located in Missouri
JLN is located in the US
Location of airport in Missouri / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,501 1,982 Asphalt
18/36 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
5/23 3,604 1,098 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016) 25,425
Based aircraft (2017) 126

Joplin Regional Airport (IATA: JLNICAO: KJLNFAA LID: JLN) is a city-owned airport four miles north of Joplin, in Jasper County, Missouri.[1] It has airline service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Airline flights and general aviation are in separate terminals.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 26,380 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2014,[2] and 28,302 in 2015.[3] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[4]


An American Eagle (Executive Airlines) ATR-72 arrives operating American's inaugural flight to Joplin (2011)
An American Eagle Embraer ERJ-145 parked at gate 1 (2014).

In the 1990s and early-mid-2000s Joplin had flights to St. Louis, Missouri by RegionsAir ("AmericanConnection") and to Memphis, Tennessee by Mesaba Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines ("Northwest Airlink").[5][6]

Air Midwest commenced service to Kansas City International Airport on August 1, 2006 (operating as US Airways Express)[7] The airline also started flying to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on October 5, 2006 (operating as Mesa Airlines).[8]

In 2007 Great Lakes Airlines began EAS-subsidised service to Kansas City International Airport after the end of commercial service by Mesa Airlines. The airline flew under its own certificate, but flights were code-shares with United Airlines. Air Midwest ended service to Joplin in 2009.[9] Great Lakes Airlines ended service on February 10, 2011, the day before American Eagle Airlines began daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Joplin.

On February 11, 2011, American Airlines, operated by American Eagle as Executive Airlines began service between Joplin and Dallas/Fort Worth.[9]

Executive Airlines has terminated service to Joplin as American Eagle operated by Envoy Air, Mesa Airlines, and ExpressJet Airlines now operate regional jets to Dallas–Fort Worth.

American Airlines flew to Joplin from the 1940s until 1963; the first jets were Ozark DC-9s in 1968.


The airport covers 970 acres (393 ha) at an elevation of 981 feet (299 m). It has three asphalt runways: 13/31 is 6,501 by 150 feet (1,982 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,500 by 100 feet (1,981 x 30 m); 5/23 is 3,604 by 75 feet (1,098 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016, the airport had 25,425 aircraft operations, an average of 69 per day: 94% general aviation, 5% airline, and 1% military. In May 2017 there were 126 aircraft were then based at the airport: 105 single-engine, 10 multi-engine, 6 jets, 2 helicopters, and 3 ultralights.[1]

The fixed based operators (FBOs) at Joplin Regional Airport are Alpha Air Center and Mizzou Aviation, both located near the General Aviation terminal.

An American Eagle (Mesa Airlines) Bombardier CRJ-900 overnights at gate 1 preparing to return to Dallas/Fort Worth the next morning (2017)

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for JLN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2014" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2014 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2015" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2015 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "TWA North America Destinations" (PDF). Trans World Airlines ( Archived from the original (PDF) on November 25, 2001. 
  6. ^ "TWExpress Midwest Routes" (PDF). Trans World Airlines ( Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2001. 
  7. ^ "Mesa Air Group Begins Service at Joplin, Missouri as US Airways Express". Press Release. Mesa Air Group. August 1, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Mesa Air Group Announces Additional Nonstop Service From Joplin to Dallas/Ft Worth". Press Release. Mesa Air Group. August 1, 2006. 
  9. ^ a b "American begins air service in Joplin on Feb. 11". Joplin Independent. January 16, 2011. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2006-23932) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2006-5-11 (May 12, 2006): selecting Air Midwest, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Joplin, Missouri, for a two-year period at a subsidy of $849,757 annually.
    • Order 2008-7-8 (July 3, 2008): selecting Great Lakes Airlines, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Grand Island, Nebraska; Joplin, Missouri; El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, and Hot Springs, Arkansas; at a combined annual subsidy of $9,159,331 ($2,271,640 for Grand Island, $2,311,637 for El Dorado/Camden, $1,587,067 for Harrison, $1,991,307 for Hot Springs, and $997,680 for Joplin), for a two-year period beginning when Great Lakes inaugurates full EAS through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
    • Order 2010-9-9 (September 8, 2010): selecting Executive Airlines d/b/a American Eagle Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Joplin, Missouri, for an annual subsidy of $2,778,756, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates service.

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