Montgomery Regional Airport

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Montgomery Regional Airport

Dannelly Field
Montgomery Airport Logo.jpg
Montgomery Regional Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Montgomery
OperatorMontgomery Airport Authority
ServesMontgomery, Alabama
Elevation AMSL221 ft / 67 m
Coordinates32°18′02″N 086°23′38″W / 32.30056°N 86.39389°W / 32.30056; -86.39389Coordinates: 32°18′02″N 086°23′38″W / 32.30056°N 86.39389°W / 32.30056; -86.39389
MGM is located in Alabama
Location in Alabama
MGM is located in the United States
MGM (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,020 2,749 Asphalt
3/21 4,011 1,223 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 100 30 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Aircraft operations61,547
Based aircraft61

Montgomery Regional Airport (IATA: MGM[3], ICAO: KMGM, FAA LID: MGM) (Dannelly Field) is a civil-military airport seven miles southwest of Montgomery, the capital of Alabama.[2] Owned by the Montgomery Airport Authority, it is used for general aviation and military aviation,[2] and sees two airlines.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[4] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 157,958 enplanements in calendar year 2013, a decrease from 182,313 in 2012.[5]


Commercial aviation and military aviation have been intertwined in Montgomery. The first commercial air services in Montgomery operated at Maxwell Field, a military facility founded by the Wright Brothers west of the city. To provide for commercial aviation the City of Montgomery opened its original municipal airport in 1929 east of the city. This facility was later named Gunter Field and was served by a predecessor of American Airlines. Eastern Air Lines subsequently took over service at Gunter.

In 1940 the War Department chose Gunter Field for a new pilot training facility. Gunter quickly became congested, Eastern Airlines was forced to move temporarily to Maxwell, and the city purchased a tract southwest of downtown on US 80 to replace Gunter for civilian aviation. Separately, the Army Air Forces identified a need for seven auxiliary fields in the vicinity of Gunter and the city and USAAF agreed that the city's newly purchased site would also serve as Gunter's auxiliary field #6. It opened in 1943 and was named for ENS Clarence Moore Dannelly Jr., USN, a Navy pilot killed in a 1940 training accident and considered to be the first casualty of World War II from Montgomery. The old Army Air Forces hangars are now part of the Montgomery Aviation complex. The original three runways and their original dimensions were:

  • 3/21: 4,000 by 150 feet (1,219 m × 46 m). Still exists.
  • 9/27: 3,500 by 150 feet (1,067 m × 46 m). Extended to 7,000 ft (2,100 m) in 1955. Extended to 9,000 ft (2,700 m) in 1963. Redesignated 10/28 in 1992.
  • 15/33: 4,000 by 150 feet (1,219 m × 46 m). Closed in 1981. Some portions remain as taxiway and apron.

When Dannelly Field opened, Eastern moved its operations there. The city took title to Dannelly in 1946, although joint commercial and military use continued, and erected a permanent passenger terminal and control tower north of Runway 9/27 in 1955. While Runway 9/27 was being rebuilt in 1963, and again in 1970, commercial flights were temporarily diverted to Maxwell AFB.

Military use[edit]

The Alabama Air National Guard's 187th Fighter Wing (187 FW), based on the west side of the airport at Montgomery Air National Guard Base, operates a squadron of
F-16C aircraft. The 187th Fighter Wing evolved from the 160th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron that began operating at Dannelly Field in 1953. During its history, the 187th and its predecessor have based several types of aircraft at Montgomery, including the RF-51 Mustang, RF-80 Shooting Star, RF-84 Thunderflash, RF-4 Phantom II, F-4 Phantom II and C-131 Samaritan.

The Alabama Army National Guard also has an Army Aviation Support Facility on the south side of the airport. Although primarily oriented to helicopter operations, fixed-wing aircraft can also be accommodated. The 31st Aviation Battalion was established here in 1986 and became the 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment a year later.

An Air National Guard Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit is located at the airport, equipped with multiple fire fighting and rescue vehicles, to augment the airport's civilian ARFF unit.


Airport terminal in 2011

Montgomery Regional Airport covers 1,907 acres (772 ha) at an elevation of 221 feet (67 m). It has two asphalt runways. Runway 10/28 is 9,020 by 150 feet (2,749 x 46 m) and had CAT I ILS and approach lights on both ends. Runway 3/21 is 4,011 by 150 feet (1,223 x 46 m). It has one asphalt helipad, 100 by 100 feet (30 x 30 m).[2]

The airline terminal has been expanded and modified several times since 1955. A $40 million capital program that finished in November 2006 doubled the size of the terminal, transformed its appearance, and modernized it with second-floor boarding, jetway loading bridges, and a rotunda with a domed ceiling that simulates sunrises, sunsets, and stars at night.

The apron and the main runway and taxiways can accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing 747 and Antonov 124. Some college football teams visiting Auburn University charter larger aircraft into Montgomery.

There are numerous corporate aviation hangars and support facilities. A proposal to extend Runway 3/21 to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) is under consideration. A new control tower was built in 1996 south of Runway 10/28.

In 2017 the airport had 71,431 aircraft operations, average 199 per day: 48% military, 39% general aviation, 11% air taxi, and 2% airline. In May 2018, 125 aircraft were based at this airport: 46 military, 52 single-engine, 16 multi-engine, 9 jet, and 2 helicopter.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Delta Connection CRJ-900

Airlines with scheduled nonstop flights to:

American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–National
Delta Connection Atlanta


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MGM (2021)[6]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 50,220 Delta
2 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 38,370 American
3 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 31,730 American
4 Virginia Washington–National, Virginia 7,010 American

Other statistics[edit]

Carrier shares (2020)[1]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Annual enplanements at MGM[7]
Year Enplanement Change Year Enplanement Change
1999 231,061
2010 194,540 Increase15.8%
2000 239,806 Increase3.6% 2011 188,177 Decrease3.27%
2001 212,459 Decrease12.9% 2012 182,313 Decrease3.2%
2002 215,365 Increase1.3% 2013 157,958 Decrease15.4%
2003 212,660 Decrease1.3% 2014 167,000 Increase6.67%
2004 215,553 Increase1.3% 2015 175,619 Increase3.45%
2005 203,557 Decrease5.9% 2016 173,210 Decrease1.37%
2006 188,329 Decrease8.1% 2017 152,773 Decrease11.80%
2007 181,231 Decrease3.9% 2018 170,036 Increase11.3%
2008 169,956 Decrease6.6% 2019 194,990 Increase14.33%
2009 163,864 Decrease3.7% 2020 85,498 Decrease56.15%

Former airlines and flights[edit]

Past airlines since 1943 have included Eastern Air Lines, Eastern Metro Express, Waterman Airlines,[8] Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, Piedmont Aviation, Sun Airlines, Southeast Commuter Airlines, South Central Air Transport (SCAT), Air Illinois, Trans Air Express,[9] Ocean Airways, Continental Airlines, Continental Express, Northwest Airlink, US Airways Express, and Via Airlines. 50-90 passenger regional jets are now the usual airliners, but in the past airlines such as Delta scheduled the DC-9, MD-80, 737, 727, and even the DC-8.

Northwest Airlink flew to Memphis until it merged with Delta; Delta retired the route a year and a half after acquiring Northwest. Continental Express flew nonstop to Houston Intercontinental. Past Delta routes include flights to New Orleans, Jackson, Cincinnati and Dallas. Eastern flights were to Atlanta, Birmingham, Dothan, Mobile, and Pensacola. Southern/Republic flights were to Birmingham, Dothan, Panama City, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Memphis.

Prior to the merger with American in October 2015, US Airways Express flew direct to Charlotte three times daily. American Eagle continued the route after the merger.

Via Airlines flew nonstop to Orlando-Sanford from May 2018 to May 2019.

Master plan[edit]

The 20-year, $98 million master plan projects enplanements to reach 245,000 a year in 2030. The plan calls for runway 3/21 to be doubled in length to 8,000 ft, and with the extension commercial airlines will be able to use it. The plan also calls for new corporate hangars. Two new airlines and new direct flights are likely to come to the airport by 2019. The plan calls for a redesigned baggage claim which has already been completed, a spruced up terminal area, and new food vendors.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 19, 2021, a military airplane crashed in a wooded area near the airport, killing two people.[11]



  1. ^ a b "Montgomery, AL: Montgomery Regional (MGM)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for MGM PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective December 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (MGM: Montgomery / Dannelly Field)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  5. ^ "CY 2013 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data" (PDF, 2.17 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Montgomery, AL: Montgomery Regional (MGM)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  7. ^ "Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports". Federal Aviation Administration. August 2021. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  8. ^[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ MGM79p1
  10. ^ "Master plan takes airport to the next level. Retrieved on Apr 26, 2015". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  11. ^ Military jet crash near Alabama airport leaves two dead
Other sources
  • Wesley Phillips Newton, "Origins and Early Development of Civil Aviation in Montgomery, 1910-1946," The Alabama Review, January 2004.

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