McNary Field

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McNary Field

Salem Municipal Airport
Salem Army Airfield
McNary Field - Oregon.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Salem
ServesSalem, Oregon
Elevation AMSL214 ft / 65 m
Coordinates44°54′34″N 123°00′09″W / 44.90944°N 123.00250°W / 44.90944; -123.00250Coordinates: 44°54′34″N 123°00′09″W / 44.90944°N 123.00250°W / 44.90944; -123.00250
SLE is located in Oregon
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 5,811 1,771 Asphalt
16/34 5,145 1,568 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations52,976
Based aircraft216

McNary Field (IATA: SLE, ICAO: KSLE, FAA LID: SLE) (Salem Municipal Airport) is in Marion County, Oregon, two miles southeast of downtown Salem, which owns it.[1] The airport is named for U.S. Senator Charles L. McNary.

McNary Field has had scheduled airline flights, including service on Delta Air Lines that ended in October 2008. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service facility based on enplanements in 2008 (more than 10,000 per year).[2] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 15,205 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, an increase from 12,979 in 2007.[3]

The Oregon Army National Guard - Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) and charter flights also use the facilities. McNary Field is the home of the Oregon Department of Aviation.

Airline service[edit]

FAA Airport Diagram

United Airlines was the first airline at Salem, starting in 1941-42; their Boeing 737 SFO-MFR-SLE-PDX and back ended in 1980. Passenger airlines left McNary Field in 1993. The city campaigned to bring passenger airlines back, and on June 7, 2007 Delta Connection came to Salem with two CRJ-200 flights a day to Salt Lake City[4] that ended on October 9, 2008.[5] Earlier, Horizon Air turboprops flew Salem to Portland and Seattle.

In April 2011 SeaPort Airlines, an Oregon-based airline, began 11 weekly flights between Newport Municipal Airport (Oregon), Salem and Portland International Airport. The service was short-lived and three months later in July 2011 SeaPort Airlines ended service at Salem.


McNary Field covers 751 acres (304 ha) at an elevation of 214 feet (65 m).[1] It has two asphalt runways: 13/31, 5,811 ft (1,771 m) long with an ILS, and 5,145 ft (1,568 m) runway (16/34).[1]

The airport has a control tower, a restaurant, a general aviation center including limited flight training, and a small terminal. The terminal building is about 5,600 square feet (520 m2) after an expansion in 2010 that added ticket counters, a baggage area, and enlarged the waiting area.[6] The expanded facility is more than twice the size of the old terminal, and was designed by Mead & Hunt.[6]

In the year ending September 30, 2013 the airport had 33,611 aircraft operations, average 92 per day: 87% general aviation, 7% military, and 5% air taxi. 216 aircraft were then based at the airport: 71% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 5% jet, 5% helicopter, 1% glider, and 9% military.[1]

Terminal building in 2008
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines served the airport from June 2007 to October 2008
Oregon National Guard helicopters at McNary Field

Cargo carriers[edit]

Ameriflight Portland (OR)
FedEx Feeder Portland (OR)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for SLE (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Appendix A: List of NPIAS Airports with 5-Year Forecast Activity and Development Cost" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (2011-2015). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Calendar Year 2008 Enplanements by state" (PDF). Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports with Enplanements (by State). Federal Aviation Administration. December 17, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Delta to Begin Salem to Salt Lake City Non-Stop Flights in June". February 26, 2007. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Guerrero-Huston, Thelma (October 10, 2008). "Delta goes up, up and away". Statesman Journal. Retrieved October 11, 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Webber, Angela (April 5, 2011). "Salem to open terminal, re-start commercial air service". Daily Journal of Commerce.

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