Lancaster Airport (Pennsylvania)

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Lancaster Airport
Lancaster Airport Logo.jpg
Lancaster Airport from Air.jpg
Aerial view
Airport typePublic
OwnerLancaster Airport Authority
ServesLancaster, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL403 ft / 123 m
Coordinates40°07′20″N 076°17′40″W / 40.12222°N 76.29444°W / 40.12222; -76.29444Coordinates: 40°07′20″N 076°17′40″W / 40.12222°N 76.29444°W / 40.12222; -76.29444
LNS is located in Pennsylvania
Location of airport in Pennsylvania
LNS is located in the United States
LNS (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 6,934 2,113 Asphalt
13/31 4,101 1,250 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations90,096
Based aircraft142

Lancaster Airport (IATA: LNS[2], FAA LID: KLNS, TC LID: LNS) is a public use airport four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) north of the central business district of Lancaster, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is owned by the Lancaster Airport Authority.[1] It is served by one commercial airline (subsidized by the Essential Air Service program) and one charter airline.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 1,673 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 4,333 in 2009, and 6,410 in 2010.[4] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation airport based on enplanements in 2008 (less than 2,500 per year),[5] however it qualifies as a non-primary commercial service airport based on yearly enplanements in 2009 and 2010.


The Lancaster Airport was formed over 75 years ago as a private airport. In 1933 the Lancaster Joint Aviation Committee was formed and the decision made to operate a municipal airport. Using War Relief Funds and knowing that the airport would benefit the local unemployed constructors the Lancaster Joint Aviation Committee moved forward on modernizing the airport. They purchased 180 acres of farmland in southern Lititz and constructed the airport. In 1936 Lancaster became the second airport in Pennsylvania to two hard surface runways and was certified for both night and daytime operations. After World War II the airport was becoming obsolete so using government funds the airport was expanded and modernized with 22% of the funds needed for the update being raised by the community. On June 18, 1949 the airport was dedicated after upgrades were completed. Over the years the airport continued to improve; the terminal was renovated and expanded in the mid-1990s. Most recently runway 8/26 was expanded in length bringing it to 6,934 feet long and 150 feet wide.[6]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Lancaster Airport covers an area of 850 acres (344 ha) at an elevation of 403 feet (123 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 8/26 is 6,934 by 150 feet (2,113 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 4,101 by 100 feet (1,250 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had 90,096 aircraft operations, an average of 246 per day: 89% general aviation, 6% military, and 5% air taxi. At that time 142 aircraft were based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, 5% jet, 7% helicopter, and 1% glider.[1]

In addition to hosting general aviation aircraft, Lancaster Airport is host to a variety of businesses: flight schools, planes for charter, aircraft rides, helicopter rides, hot air balloon rides, aircraft maintenance shops, a restaurant, and a gift shop. It serves the pilots who call Lancaster their home airport and the community.

Looking down runway 31. The control tower and the VOR are on the right. The main hangars and terminal are at left. A single engine aircraft is on taxiway A (closest to the end of the runway.)

Flight schools[edit]


Aircraft maintenance[edit]

Miscellaneous operations[edit]

  • Fiorentino's Bar & Grill - A restaurant with a runway and ramp view.
  • Airways, Inc. - A pilot and gift shop for pilots and enthusiasts alike.
  • Rental Cars - Avis, Budget, Enterprise and National

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Southern Airways Express Baltimore, Pittsburgh [7]


Carrier shares: Mar 2017 – Feb 2018[8]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations: Mar 2017 – Feb 2018[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 3,420 Southern Airways Express
2 Baltimore, Maryland 1,170 Southern Airways Express


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LNS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (LNS: Lancaster)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ Lancaster Airport: History Archived 2008-01-31 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Destinations". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b "RITA - BTS - Transtats".

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2002-11450) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2004-5-20 (May 27, 2004): selecting Air Midwest to provide subsidized essential air service at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier implements its full service pattern. Service is to consist of three nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh each weekday and over each weekend period, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft, at an annual subsidy of $1,611,707.
    • Order 2006-8-22 (August 25, 2006): selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft, for one year, beginning October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007. Air Midwest will provide three nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh each weekday and weekend (18 total round trips per week) at an annual subsidy rate of $1,377,257.
    • Order 2008-12-33 (December 31, 2008): selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning when the carrier inaugurates service, through September 30, 2009, at the annual subsidy rates of $1,203,167 for Hagerstown and $1,372,474 for Lancaster.
    • Order 2010-10-1 (October 1, 2010): extending the current subsidy contract of Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, through September 30, 2011.
    • Order 2012-2-13 (February 17, 2012): extending the contract of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, until further notice; and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing EAS at Hagerstown and/or Lancaster, through September 30, 2015, with or without subsidy.
    • Order 2012-8-9 (August 3, 2012): selecting Sun Air Express, LLC d/b/a Sun Air International, to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) with nine-passenger twin-engine Piper Chieftain aircraft at Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, through September 30, 2015.1 The annual subsidy rate for Hagerstown will be set at $1,785,638, and $2,504,174 for Lancaster, or a combined total of $4,289,812.
    • Order 2014-4-26 (April 24, 2014): directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility ... under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). We find that Lancaster is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Lancaster generated a total of 3,943 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 6.3 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

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