Mercer County Airport (West Virginia)

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Mercer County Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Mercer County Airport Authority
Serves Bluefield / Princeton, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL 2,857 ft / 871 m
Coordinates 37°17′45″N 081°12′28″W / 37.29583°N 81.20778°W / 37.29583; -81.20778Coordinates: 37°17′45″N 081°12′28″W / 37.29583°N 81.20778°W / 37.29583; -81.20778
Map
BLF is located in West Virginia
BLF
BLF
Location
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 4,743 1,446 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 16,400
Based aircraft 22

Mercer County Airport (IATA: BLFICAO: KBLFFAA LID: BLF) is in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States.[1] Owned by the Mercer County Airport Authority, it is three miles northeast of Bluefield, West Virginia[1] 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.[2]

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).[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say Mercer County Airport had 2,041 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2004, 1,885 enplanments in 2005,[4] 1,833 in 2006, and 1,721 in 2007.[5] Scheduled passenger flights ended in 2007.

Facilities[edit]

Mercer County Airport covers 144 acres (58 ha) at an elevation of 2,857 feet (871 m0. Its one runway, 5/23, is 4,743 by 100 feet (1,446 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

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.[1]

Former airlines[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for BLF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "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 |work= (help)
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2005" (PDF). CY 2005 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. 2006.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2007" (PDF). CY 2007 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. September 26, 2008.  External link in |work= (help)

Other sources[edit]

  • 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).

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