McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport

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McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of McCook
ServesMcCook, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL2,583 ft / 787 m
Coordinates40°12′23″N 100°35′32″W / 40.20639°N 100.59222°W / 40.20639; -100.59222Coordinates: 40°12′23″N 100°35′32″W / 40.20639°N 100.59222°W / 40.20639; -100.59222
WebsiteMCK Website
MCK is located in Nebraska
MCK is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 6,449 1,966 Concrete
4/22 4,000 1,219 Concrete
17/35 1,350 411 Turf
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations16,900
Based aircraft29

McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport (IATA: MCK, ICAO: KMCK, FAA LID: MCK) is two miles east of McCook, in Red Willow County, Nebraska.[1] It was formerly McCook Municipal Airport and McCook Regional Airport. It sees one airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 1,848 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 1,677 in 2009 and 1,993 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires 2,500 enplanements per year).

The airport is named after McCook-born Ben Nelson, a United States Senator and the 37th Governor of Nebraska.


During World War II a larger training airfield was built some eight miles north of McCook Regional to train heavy bomber crews. Known, somewhat confusingly, as McCook Army Airfield the base closed in 1945 and was transferred to state control and renamed McCook State Airfield. It closed for good in 1969 and has largely reverted to farmland, but the five massive World War II-era hangars are still visible from the air.


The airport covers 667 acres (270 ha) at an elevation of 2,583 feet (787 m). It has three runways: 12/30 is 6,449 by 100 feet (1,966 x 30 m) concrete; 4/22 is 4,000 by 75 feet (1,219 x 23 m) concrete; 17/35 is 1,350 by 160 feet (411 x 49 m) turf.[1]

In the year ending May 31, 2010 the airport had 16,900 aircraft operations, average 46 per day: 89% general aviation, 10% airline, and 1% military. 29 aircraft were then based at this airport: 93% single-engine and 7% multi-engine.[1]

Airline and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Boutique Air Denver

Former airlines[edit]

First airline flights were Mid-West Airlines Cessna 190s in 1950-51. Frontier DC-3s arrived in 1959, and its last Convair 580 left in 1979.

Air Midwest (U.S. Airways Express) began service on October 29, 2006, with two daily flights to Grand Island and on to Omaha Eppley Airfield and Kansas City International Airport.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MCK (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data]. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  4. ^ New airline to serve McCook Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine. Airline News. June 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Mesa Air Group Announces Schedule and Fares for McCook, Nebraska as US Airways Express. Press Release. October 9, 2006.

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-3005) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2006-6-26: selecting Air Midwest for service at Grand Island and McCook, Nebraska, for two years, beginning when the carrier inaugurates full service, at a total annual subsidy of $2,296,462 for both communities. McCook will receive two one-stop round trips each weekday and weekend to Omaha (12 one-stop round trips per week); both Grand Island and McCook will be served with 19-passenger Beech 1900-D aircraft.
    • Order 2008-2-2: prohibiting Air Midwest from terminating its subsidized service at nine communities for 30 days beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, and requesting long term proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at any or all of the communities, with or without subsidy, by February 29.
    • Order 2010-6-3: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to continue to provide essential air service (EAS) at McCook, Nebraska, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,796,795, for the next two-year period from June 1, 2010, through May 31, 2012.
    • Order 2012-1-28: requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service (EAS) at McCook, Nebraska, for the next two-year period from June 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, with or without subsidy.

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