Monterey Regional Airport

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Monterey Regional Airport
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Operator Monterey Peninsula Airport District
Location Monterey, California
Elevation AMSL 257 ft / 78 m
Coordinates 36°35′13″N 121°50′35″W / 36.58694°N 121.84306°W / 36.58694; -121.84306Coordinates: 36°35′13″N 121°50′35″W / 36.58694°N 121.84306°W / 36.58694; -121.84306
MRY is located in Monterey Peninsula
Location in Monterey
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10R/28L 7,440 2,268 Asphalt
10L/28R 3,503 1,068 Asphalt

Monterey Regional Airport (IATA: MRYICAO: KMRYFAA LID: MRY) is three miles (5 km) southeast of Monterey, in Monterey County, California, USA. It was created in 1936[1] and was known as the Monterey Peninsula Airport until the board of directors renamed it on September 14, 2011.[2]

The airport is owned by the several municipalities that make up the Monterey Peninsula Airport District. It is a public entity and its five-member board of directors is publicly elected.[3]

The airport has its origins with flights from the polo field of the Hotel Del Monte in 1910. In 1941, local communities formed the Monterey Peninsula Airport District and acquired land to build an airport. World War II intervened, and the U.S. Navy leased the land, opening Naval Auxiliary Air Station Monterey on May 23, 1943. The Navy remained at the airport until 1972.[4]

Monterey-Salinas Transit is the public ground transit organization at the airport.


Final approach for Runway 28L

The airport covers 597 acres (242 ha) and has two runways:

  • 10R/28L: 7,404 x 150 ft (2,257 x 46 m) asphalt
  • 10L/28R: 3,503 x 60 ft (1,068 x 18 m) asphalt

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Los Angeles (begins November 5, 2015), San Diego
Allegiant Air Las Vegas
American Eagle Los Angeles (ends September 8, 2015),[5] Phoenix (begins August 5, 2015)
United Express Los Angeles, San Francisco
US Airways Express1 Phoenix

^1 All US Airways Express flights will be rebranded as American Eagle flights effective October 17, 2015.

Allegiant Air is the only airline at Monterey currently operating large mainline jet aircraft such as the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 which flies nonstop to Las Vegas. Allegiant planned to fly Boeing 757-200 jetliners nonstop to Honolulu with this service being scheduled to start in November, 2012; however, the airline then cancelled the launch due to low demand.[6]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Monterey (Feb 2014 - Jan 2015)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Los Angeles, California 74,000 American, United
2 Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) 46,000 US Airways
3 San Francisco, California 25,000 United
4 San Diego, California 20,000 Alaska
5 Las Vegas, Nevada 15,000 Allegiant
6 Denver, Colorado 5,000 United

Historical airline service[edit]

In 1933, Pacific Seaboard Air Lines was serving Monterey with scheduled passenger flights. The airline was operating two daily round trip flights at this time with single engine Bellanca CH-300 aircraft on an intrastate routing of Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles - Monterey - Salinas - San Jose - San Francisco.[8] Pacific Seaboard would subsequently move its entire operation to the eastern U.S., be renamed Chicago and Southern Air Lines, become a large domestic and international air carrier and then in 1953 be acquired by and merged into Delta Air Lines thus providing Delta with its first international routes.[9]

Past jet service[edit]

The following airlines operated jet service into Monterey Regional Airport over the years:

In 1966, Pacific Air Lines introduced the first jet service with Boeing 727-100 flights to Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Santa Barbara (SBA). The airline also served Monterey with Martin 4-0-4 propliners followed by Fairchild F-27 turboprops. Predecessor Southwest Airways began serving Monterey in the late 1940s with Douglas DC-3s.[11] Pacific Air Lines subsequently merged with Bonanza Air Lines and West Coast Airlines to form Air West which was then renamed Hughes Airwest following its acquisition by Howard Hughes.

Golden Gate Airlines[edit]

Golden Gate Airlines was a regional airline based in Monterey. This commuter airline served over 20 cities mainly in California but also in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Golden Gate operated Convair 580, Fokker F27 and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprop aircraft as well as smaller turboprops such as the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Nord 262. The airline ceased operations circa 1981 after an unsuccessful merger with Swift Aire Lines which was based in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Fixed Base Operators[edit]

There are five fixed base operators:

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On June 14, 1964 at about 7:35 pm a Piper PA-28 (tail number N5384W) hit trees in Monterey, California, killing the 34-year-old student pilot. The investigation into the fatal accident revealed that the pilot misjudged his altitude, flying too low and under the influence of alcohol. The crash also caused the Piper to catch fire.[13]

On August 17, 1968 at about 12:36 pm, a Cessna 210 (tail number N9676T) stalled while landing at the Monterey Peninsula Airport. During the landing, the 48-year-old pilot suffered a heart attack, which caused his Cessna to stall. The Cessna was destroyed upon impact. The pilot had about 5,743 flight hours of experience.[14]

On July 26, 1979 at about 9:43 pm a Cessna 320A (tail number N3005R) crashed during its final approach to Monterey. The 62-year-old pilot used improper Instrument Flight Rules operations. The pilot had about 3,621 flight hours.[15]

On August 23, 1984 at about 8:51 pm a Cessna 320C (tail number N7AE) departed from Monterey under Special Visual Flight Rules with a 58-year-old pilot and four passengers. At about 8:55 pm Air Traffic Control advised N7AE to turn left to avoid rising terrain. The Cessna was unable to avoid the terrain, crashed, and caught fire; all aboard died. The investigation revealed that the pilot made poor decisions and did not follow instructions from Air Traffic Control. The pilot had about 2,041 hours of flight experience.[16]

On July 27, 1985 a Piper PA-28-235 (tail number N15548) took off from Monterey to practice holding patterns over Monterey Bay. About twelve minutes into the flight, the 60-year-old pilot radioed Air Traffic Control, "Mayday, rough engine." The Piper disappeared from Air Traffic Control's radar at about 1300 feet. Later the United States Coast Guard discovered pieces of the Piper in the ocean. The investigation revealed that the pilot used improper procedures. The pilot had about 1,923 hours of flight experience.[17]

On July 24, 1987 a Piper PA-32R-301T (tail number N82793) was cleared for an Instrument Landing System approach when the 39-year-old pilot decided to conduct a go around procedure. About thirty seconds after initiating the procedure, the pilot radioed Air Traffic Control, "Seven niner three, in trouble." Sixteen seconds later another transmission is broadcast, "I have, I have an emergency back here." The Piper was seen making a 400-foot descent below assigned altitude and disappeared into Monterey Bay. A boater who witnessed the collision reported seeing the Piper "dive out" of a cloud and colliding with the water. The investigation revealed that the pilot experienced spatial disorientation and lacked instrument flying time. The pilot had about 528 hours of flight experience.[18]

On September 8, 1987, at about 5:50 pm, a Beechcraft 95 (tail number N845B), being flown by a 31-year-old student pilot, was conducting multi-engine training at Monterey. The pilot started practicing Instrument Landing System approaches. During an approach for a landing, the Beechcraft crashed into the ground. The investigation revealed that there was inadequate supervision during the training exercise. The pilot and student pilot were killed.[19]

On June 24, 1992 a Cessna 421B (tail number N628RJ), the 40-year-old pilot and two passengers took off from Monterey. About three minutes after takeoff the Cessna collided with a hill about three miles east of the airport. The investigation revealed that ground fog and overconfidence in the pilot caused the accident. All three were killed. The pilot had about 75 hours of flight experience.[20]

On August 7, 1997 at about 8:00 pm a Grumman American AA-5 (tail number N6086L) took off from Monterey. The Grumman was later found 18 miles south of the airport. It had crashed into the mountains which caused the Grumman to catch fire. The 31-year-old pilot had about 4,000 hours of flight experience.[21]

On October 12, 1997 at about 5:28 pm a Rutan Long-EZ (tail number N555JD) being flown by John Denver crashed into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, California. After taking off from Monterey the Long-EZ started its climb then descended into bay. The investigation revealed that the collision was caused by the fuel valve selector being in an improper position. Inadequate flight planning also contributed to the collision. John Denver had about 2,750 hours of flight experience.[22]


  1. ^ Monterey Peninsula Airport: History
  2. ^
  3. ^ A Special Presentation to the Regional Airport Planning Committee, June 27, 2008
  4. ^ Shettle, Jr., M. L. "Historic California Posts: Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Monterey". California State Military Museum. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  5. ^ "American Airlines Cancels 2 Los Angeles Routes from Sep 2015". May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Monterey, California: Monterey Regional (MRY)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. 
  8. ^, Summer 1933 Pacific Seaboard Air Lines system timetable
  9. ^, Chicago and Southern (C&S) Air Lines
  10. ^, Feb. 1, 1942 United Air Lines timetable
  11. ^; June 1, 1947 Southwest Airways timetable
  12. ^
  13. ^ NTSB Accident Report 2-0418
  14. ^ NTSB Accident Report 3-4361
  15. ^ NTSB Accident Report 3-3038
  16. ^ NTSB Accident Report LAX84FA453 and
  17. ^ NTSB Accident Report LAX85LA321 and
  18. ^ NTSB Accident Report and
  19. ^ NTSB Accident Report LAX87FA331 and
  20. ^ NTSB Accident Report LAX92FA260 and
  21. ^ NTSB Accident Report LAX97LA275 and
  22. ^ NTSB Accident Report LAX98FA008 and

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