Naples Airport (Florida)

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Naples Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorNaples Airport Authority
ServesNaples, Florida, U.S.
Built1942
Elevation AMSL8 ft / 2 m
Coordinates26°09′09″N 081°46′32″W / 26.15250°N 81.77556°W / 26.15250; -81.77556Coordinates: 26°09′09″N 081°46′32″W / 26.15250°N 81.77556°W / 26.15250; -81.77556
WebsiteFlyNaples.com
Map
APF is located in Florida
APF
APF
Location of airport in Florida / United States
APF is located in the United States
APF
APF
APF (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,600 2,012 Asphalt
14/32 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
SW/NE 1,850 564 Turf
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations95,018
Based aircraft304

Naples Airport (IATA: APF[2], ICAO: KAPF, FAA LID: APF), formerly known as Naples Municipal Airport, is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northeast of the central business district of Naples, the most populous city and county seat of Collier County, Florida. It is owned by the Naples Airport Authority.[1] The airport is home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies, and corporate aviation and non-aviation businesses. The airport is also a central location for public services, including fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services.[3]

During fiscal year 2017-2018, the airport serviced more than 112,000 operations.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The facility was established in 1942 as Naples Army Airfield by the United States Army Air Forces. It was initially assigned to the Southeast Training Center (later Eastern Flying Training Command). Provided basic (level 1) flight training to flight cadets by Embry-Riddle Co; Fairchild PT-19s were the primary trainer used. Along with the flight training, was a sub-base to Buckingham Army Airfield for flexible gunnery training, which the 75th Flying Training Wing supervised. Inactivated on November 1, 1945, being turned over to the War Assets Administration for conveyance to civil control as a public airport.

The Naples Airdrome was returned to the city of Naples and Collier County in 1947, after the military deemed it no longer necessary.[3] Provincetown-Boston Airlines began scheduled service to Miami International Airport in the 1950s, and managed the airport for several years until a municipal airport authority was created in 1969.[4] The airport also historically had scheduled service to Orlando, Tampa and Key West.[5] Traffic at the airport peaked in 1980, when more than 195,000 passengers used the airport, but fell in the mid 1980s due to the opening of the much larger Southwest Florida International Airport in nearby Fort Myers.[5] The airport code APF derives from "alternate Page Field" - which is a reference to Page Field in Fort Myers.[6]

The airport experienced a rebound in traffic during the mid-1990s, with 173,000 passengers and seven airlines in 1995.[5] Passenger numbers dipped when American Eagle ceased scheduled service to Miami in 2001, and dipped even further following the September 11 attacks.[7] Scheduled airline service to Naples ended in 2003 when US Airways Express ceased service to Tampa International Airport.[8] Atlantic Southeast Airlines operated Delta Connection flights between Naples and Atlanta from 2004 to 2007 with a revenue guarantee from the city, but ended the service after retiring its fleet of 40-seat aircraft, again leaving the airport without scheduled service.[9] Elite Airways also offered scheduled service the airport in October 2015, with flights to Portland (ME), New York City, and Melbourne (FL), but ended in March 2017 due to low demand and poor service. [10]

In December 2018, the airport authority changed the facility's name from Naples Municipal Airport to Naples Airport. They also changed the airport's logo to a more modern one. [11][12]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Naples Airport covers an area of 732 acres (296 ha) at an elevation of 8 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 measuring 6,600 by 150 feet (2,012 x 46 m) and 14/32 measuring 5,000 by 100 ft (1,524 x 30 m). It also has one turf runway designated SW/NE which measures 1,850 by 100 ft (564 x 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2017, the airport had 95,018 aircraft operations, an average of 260 per day: 85.3% general aviation, 14.4% air taxi, 0.2% military and 0.1% airline. At that time, there were 304 aircraft based at this airport: 62.2% single-engine, 17.1% multi-engine, 15.1% jet and 5.6% helicopter.[1]

The airport has two terminals: one for passengers, and the other for General aviation. Charter airlines like ExecAir, baggage claim, boarding gates, security, and car rental agencies are located in the passenger terminal. There is also a military museum with WWII artifacts and memorabilia. The car rental agencies offered are Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, and Alamo. The general aviation is a two-story terminal used for personal flights, which also houses car rental agencies.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Former Naples Airport logo

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
ExecAir Miami, Key West, Marathon, Orlando, Punta Gorda [14] [15][16]
Gulf Coast AirwaysKey West, Marathon [17]
Salt Island SeaplanesCaptiva Island, Boca Grande, Key West [18]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On September 10, 1985, a Douglas DC-3 of Collier County Mosquito Control District crashed at East Naples while on approach to Naples Municipal Airport following an engine failure. The aircraft was on agricultural duties at the time.[19]
  • On June 20, 2005, a Cessna 182 Skylane departing Naples Municipal Airport entered an area of severe weather over the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft was never recovered, with the crash resulting in one fatality.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for APF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (APF: Naples)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Airport History - Naples Municipal Airport". FlyNaples.com. City of Naples Airport Authority. Archived from the original on 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ "Airport History - Naples Municipal Airport". FlyNaples.com. City of Naples Airport Authority. Archived from the original on December 17, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c City of Naples Airport Authority Operating and Capital Budget (PDF). naples.granicus.com. 2013.
  6. ^ Ecenbarger, William (May 4, 2003). "Sorting out the mystery of those airport codes". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2017-08-23. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  7. ^ Heller, Jean (August 4, 2003). "Wanted: Airline, please call Naples". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  8. ^ "Airport in Naples left without an air carrier". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. June 16, 2003. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-12-30. [1]
  9. ^ Henderson, John (August 17, 2007). "Delta to discontinue service at Naples airport". Naples Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  10. ^ "With low passenger counts, Elite Airways ends its service in Naples". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  11. ^ Layden, Laura (December 19, 2018). "Naples Municipal Airport shortens its name, adds information to website". Naples Daily News.
  12. ^ "Naples Airport Authority unveils new name, logos and website". FloridaTrend.com (Press release). December 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ground Transportation". Fly Naples. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  14. ^ https://execairline.com/EXEC-AIR-OF-NAPLES-FLORIDA
  15. ^ "Scheduled Services". NaplesAir.net. ExecAir Inc. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  16. ^ https://www.naplesnews.com/story/money/business/local/2017/01/26/exec-air-expands-its-reach-naples-airport/96553734/
  17. ^ "Gulf Coast Airways: Flight Schedule" (PDF). FlyNaples.com. Gulf Coast Airways. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-10. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  18. ^ https://saltislandseaplanes.com/
  19. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  20. ^ "NTSB Safety Alert: Thunderstorm Encounters" (PDF). NTSB.gov. National Transportation Safety Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012.

Other sources[edit]

  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  • Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC

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