Naples Municipal Airport

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Naples Municipal Airport
(former Naples Army Airfield)
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Airport type Public
Owner City of Naples Airport Authority
Serves Naples, Florida
Elevation AMSL 8 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 26°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
APF is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
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 (2011)
Aircraft operations 84,339
Based aircraft 309

Naples Municipal Airport (IATA: APF[2]ICAO: KAPFFAA LID: APF) is a public use airport located two nautical miles (4 km) northeast of the central business district of Naples, a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the City of Naples Airport Authority.[1] The airport provides space for general aviation, as well as mosquito control and, Med Flight Collier (EMS Helicopters).

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 3,316 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 514 enplanements in 2009, and 581 in 2010.[4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year) based on enplanements in 2008,[5] but it is a general aviation facility based on enplanements in 2009 and 2010.

The 2013 Federal sequester will result in the closure of the airport's contract control tower and will require pilots to rely on air traffic controllers from other area airports.[6][7]


Established in 1942 as Naples Army Airfield by the United States Army Air Forces. Assigned initially 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.

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.[8]

Although the airport served more than 100,000 passengers per year through 2000, geographic factors limited its capacity, and the opening of the much larger Southwest Florida International Airport in nearby Fort Myers drew medium-haul traffic away from Naples. Passenger numbers dipped when American Eagle ceased scheduled Miami service in 2001, and dipped even further following the September 11, 2001 attacks[9] Scheduled airline service to Naples ended in 2003 when US Airways Express ceased service to Tampa International Airport.[10]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Naples Municipal 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, 2011, the airport had 84,339 aircraft operations, an average of 231 per day: 91% general aviation, 9% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 309 aircraft based at this airport: 63% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 12% jet, and 4% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Elite Airways Newark,[11] Orlando/Melbourne,[12] Portland (ME)1 [12]
ExecAir Miami [13]
Gulf Coast Airways Key West,[14] Marathon
1Elite Airways flights to and from Portland stop in Orlando/Melbourne

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.[15]
  • On June 20, 2005, a Cessna 182 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.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for APF (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (APF: Naples)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "FAA: 149 control towers to close at small airports". USA Today. March 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Airport History". Archived from the original on December 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ Heller, Jean (August 4, 2003). "Wanted: Airline, please call Naples". St. Petersburg Times. 
  10. ^ "Airport in Naples left without an air carrier". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. June 16, 2003.  [1]
  11. ^ Cranney, Joseph Elite scheduled to start flights from Naples to Newark on Feb. 27, Naples Daily News, February 3, 2016, Retrieved 2016-02-10
  12. ^ a b Byrne, Matt Elite Airways adding service from Portland to southwest Florida, Portland Press Herald, February 4, 2016, Retrieved 2016-02-10
  13. ^ "Scheduled Services". ExecAir Inc. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gulf Coast Airways: Flight Schedule" (PDF). Gulf Coast Airways. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ "NTSB Safety Alert: Thunderstorm Encounters", National Transportation Safety Board, Retrieved July 25, 2012
Other sources
  •  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  • 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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