Morgantown Municipal Airport

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Morgantown Municipal Airport
Walter L. Bill Hart Field
Morgantown Municipal Airport Logo.png
Morgantown Municipal Airport - USGS 18 June 1988.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Morgantown
Serves Morgantown, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL 1,244 ft / 379 m
Coordinates 39°38′34″N 079°54′59″W / 39.64278°N 79.91639°W / 39.64278; -79.91639Coordinates: 39°38′34″N 079°54′59″W / 39.64278°N 79.91639°W / 39.64278; -79.91639
MGW is located in West Virginia
MGW is located in the US
Location of airport in West Virginia / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 5,199 1,585 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 36,044
Based aircraft 48

Morgantown Municipal Airport (IATA: MGWICAO: KMGWFAA LID: MGW) is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (4 mi, 6  km) east of the central business district of Morgantown, a city in Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States.[1] The airport is also known as Walter L. Bill Hart Field.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline with scheduled passenger service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 10,239 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2012, a decrease of 4.1% from the 10,674 enplanements in 2011 and 12.7% from the peak enplanements of 11,727 in 2009.[2][3] This airport is included in the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

While the airport's runway cannot handle larger airplanes, it has filed a request with the Federal Aviation Administration to lengthen the runway.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 589 acres (238 ha) at an elevation of 1,244 feet (379 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 5,199 by 150 feet (1,585 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had 43,430 aircraft operations, an average of 118 per day: 66% general aviation, 23% air taxi, and 11% military. At that time there were 51 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 12% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Airline and destinations[edit]

The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations Refs
Southern Airways Express Baltimore, Pittsburgh [6]


Carrier shares: Jul 2016 – Jun 2017[7]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations: Jul 2016 – Jun 2017[7]
Rank City Airport name & IATA code Passengers
1 Washington, DC Washington Dulles International (IAD) 5,870
2 Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh International (PIT) 880
3 Clarksburg, WV North Central West Virginia (CKB) 10
4 Parkersburg, WV Mid-Ohio Valley Regional (PKB) <10

Prior to the end of November 2016, MGW had been served by Silver Airways (to Clarksburg and Washington Dulles), but since then, Silver has shifted its operations/aircraft for their new Cuba routes, being replaced by Southern Airways Express.


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for MGW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Calendar Year 2012 Passenger Enplanements at All U.S. Airports, by State" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2012 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 31, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2014.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). 2011–2015 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Moniot, Stacy (November 1, 2011). "Big 12 Conference Shift Won't 'Significantly' Impact Morgantown Airport". WVNS-TV. West Virginia Media Holdings, LLC. 
  6. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "RITA - BTS - Transtats". 

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2005-20735) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Notice (March 22, 2005): of Air Midwest, Inc. of its intent to discontinue scheduled non-subsidized Essential Air Service between Morgantown, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, effective June 20, 2005.
    • Order 2005-4-19 (April 19, 2005): prohibiting Air Midwest, Inc., from terminating its unsubsidized, scheduled air service at Parkersburg, Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia, beyond the end of its 90-day notice periods, and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement essential air service (EAS) at the communities, with or without subsidy.
    • Order 2005-9-8 (September 9, 2005): selecting RegionsAir, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air Service (EAS) at Parkersburg, Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia for a two-year period and establishing a combined subsidy rate of $1,051,333 per year for service consisting of 18 nonstop round trips each week between Parkersburg and Cincinnati, and 18 round trips to Cincinnati each week over a MGW-CKB-CVG-CKB-MGW routing, with 34-seat Saab 340A aircraft.
    • Order 2007-1-16 (January 25, 2007): selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Parkersburg, Morgantown, and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia, for two years, beginning when the carrier inaugurates service. Each community will receive 19 weekly round trips to Pittsburgh with 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft. Service from Parkersburg will be nonstop in each direction. Service from Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont will be served with a Pittsburgh - Morgantown - Clarksburg - Pittsburgh or a Pittsburgh - Clarksburg - Morgantown - Pittsburgh routing. The total combined annual subsidy is $2,421,914.
    • Ninety-Day Notice (March 28, 2008): of intent of Colgan Air Inc. D/B/A United Express to terminate scheduled essential air service at Parkersburg, Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV, effective June 28, 2008.
    • Order 2008-5-37 (May 27, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Morgantown and Clarksburg/Fairmont, West Virginia, at a total annual subsidy rate of $2,116,650, for the two-year period of June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2010,
    • Order 2010-6-25 (June 29, 2010): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. to provide essential air service (EAS) at Clarksburg/Fairmont and Morgantown, WV, for a combined annual subsidy of $2,976,438, and at Beckley, WV, for an annual subsidy of $2,313, 457, for the two-year period from August 1, 2010, through July 31, 2012. Also selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc., to provide EAS at Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,642,237, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS through the end of the 24th month thereafter. The total annual subsidy for all four communities is $7,923,132.
    • Order 2012-4-32 (April 30, 2012): selecting Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont ("Clarksburg") and Morgantown, West Virginia, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,968,744 ($2,512,494 for Beckley; $3,456,250 for Clarksburg and Morgantown), for the two-year period beginning when the carrier begins full EAS at all three communities.

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