Mercer County Airport (West Virginia)
|Mercer County Airport|
|Owner||Mercer County Airport Authority|
|Serves||Bluefield / Princeton, West Virginia|
|Elevation AMSL||2,857 ft / 871 m|
Mercer County Airport (IATA: BLF, ICAO: KBLF, FAA LID: BLF) is in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. Owned by the Mercer County Airport Authority, it is three miles northeast of Bluefield, West Virginia and about nine miles southwest of Princeton, West Virginia. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility.
The airport has been served by scheduled airlines. Service was subsidized by the Essential Air Service program until August 1, 2006, when it ended due to federal law not allowing a subsidy over $200 per passenger for communities within 210 miles of a large or medium hub airport (Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina being 173 miles away). Federal Aviation Administration records say Mercer County Airport had 2,041 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2004, 1,885 enplanments in 2005, 1,833 in 2006, and 1,721 in 2007. Scheduled passenger flights ended in 2007.
In the year ending October 30, 2009 the airport had 16,400 aircraft operations, average 44 per day: 88% general aviation, 11% air taxi, and 1% military. There were then 22 aircraft based at this airport: 64% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 9% jet, 14% helicopter, and 5% ultralight.
- Piedmont Airlines 1953-54 to 1980-81
- Appalachian Airlines (ended operations in 1980)
- Colgan Air (ended operations November 12, 2007)
- FAA Airport Master Record for BLF ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in
- "Order 2006-6-22: Terminating the Essential Air Service subsidy eligibility of Bluefield/Princeton, West Virginia, as of August 1, 2006". U.S. Department of Transportation. June 26, 2006.
- "Enplanements for CY 2005" (PDF). CY 2005 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. 2006. External link in
- "Enplanements for CY 2007" (PDF). CY 2007 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. September 26, 2008. External link in
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2761) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2002-4-25 (May 2, 2002): tentatively reselects Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air services at Beckley and Bluefield/Princeton, West Virginia, for the two-year period beginning August 1, 2002, at an annual subsidy rate to $2,067,693,
- Order 2002-10-34 (October 31, 2002): finalizes the tentative findings and conclusions set forth in Order 2002-4-25.
- Order 2004-6-14 (June 23, 2004): selects Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service at Beckley and Bluefield/Princeton, West Virginia, for the two-year period beginning August 1, 2004, at an annual subsidy of $20,017,064.
- Order 2006-6-22 (June 26, 2006): terminating the essential air service subsidy eligibility of Bluefield/Princeton, West Virginia, as of August 1, 2006, and allowing Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to suspend service there as of the same date, if it chooses (subsidy per passenger already exceeded the statutory ceiling of $200 per passenger and the community is located 173 miles from Charlotte, the nearest large or medium hub).
- Bluefield/Mercer County Airport at West Virginia DOT Airport Directory
- FAA Terminal Procedures for BLF, effective March 2, 2017
- Resources for this airport: