Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport
|Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport|
|Owner||City of Liberal|
|Elevation AMSL||2,885 ft / 879 m|
Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (IATA: LBL, ICAO: KLBL, FAA LID: LBL) is two miles west of Liberal, in Seward County, Kansas. It is used for general aviation and was at one point subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Formerly Liberal Municipal Airport, it hosts the Mid-America Air Museum.
The Federal Aviation Administration says this airport had 7,911 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 6,255 in 2009 and 7,156 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport.
During World War II the facility was Liberal Army Airfield and was used for United States Army Air Forces Second Air Force B-24 Liberator training from 1943 to 1945. New multi-engine graduates were shipped to Liberal to transition to the Liberator, then sent to 1st Phase bases to join a crew for combat training.
Before April 1944 Liberal was home to a Twin Engine Flying Training Group with four squadrons (60, 63, 1029, 1030), the 527th Base Hq & Air Base Sq, 324th Sub Depot, 444th (later 744th) AAF Band, and 396th Aviation Sq.
These units later merged into the 2425th AAF Base Unit (Pilot School, Specialized, Four Engine).
Airline flights (Central DC-3s) began in 1956; successor Frontier left in 1981.
In 2010 the airport had 38,300 aircraft operations, average 104 per day: 91% general aviation, 5% airline, 3% air taxi, and 1% military. 54 aircraft were then based at this airport: 68% single-engine, 24% multi-engine, 6% jet and 2% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
Currently, there is no commercial service scheduled for the airport.
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Denver International (DEN),||1,890||Great Lakes, PenAir|
- FAA Airport Master Record for LBL ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "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
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in
- "Liberal, KS: Liberal Mid-America Regional (LBL)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1998-3498) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2009-9-5 (September 11, 2009): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, and Liberal for the two-year period from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011, at combined annual subsidy rates of $8,897,565. Liberal, Kansas: Docket OST-1998-3498. Effective Period: October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011. Scheduled Service: 18 nonstop round trips per week to Denver. Aircraft: Beech 1900, 19 seats.
- Order 2011-10-24 (October 31, 2011): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service (EAS) at Liberal for $2,555,150 annual subsidy. Effective Period: Two year period beginning when American Eagle begins full EAS (at Garden City) through the 24th month thereafter. Liberal: 18 nonstop round trips per week to Denver with Beech 1900 aircraft.
- Order 2014-3-9 (March 14, 2014): re-selects Great Lakes Airlines at Dodge City and Liberal, Kansas. Liberal, Kansas: Docket 1998-3498; Effective Period: May 1, 2014, through July 31, 2016; Service: Eighteen (18) nonstop round trips per week to Denver (DEN); Aircraft Type: Beech 1900; Annual Subsidy: $2,236,180.
- Official website
- Lyddon Aero Center, the fixed-base operator (FBO)
- "Airport diagram and aerial photo" (PDF). from Kansas DOT Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of September 1991 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective September 14, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for LBL, effective September 14, 2017
- Resources for this airport: