Naples Municipal Airport
|Naples Municipal Airport|
(formerly Naples Army Airfield)
|Owner||City of Naples Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||8 ft / 2 m|
Naples Municipal Airport (IATA: APF, ICAO: KAPF, FAA LID: APF) 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 City of Naples Airport Authority. 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, 514 enplanements in 2009, and 581 in 2010. 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, but it is a general aviation facility based on enplanements in 2009 and 2010.
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.
The "Naples Airdrome" was returned to the city of Naples and Collier County in 1947, after the military deemed it no longer necessary. 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. The airport also historically had scheduled service to Orlando, Tampa and Key West. Traffic at the airport peaked in 1980, when more than 195,000 passengers used the airport, but fell in the early 1980s due to the opening of the much larger Southwest Florida International Airport in nearby Fort Myers. The airport code APF derives from "alternate Page Field" - which is a reference to Page Field in Fort Myers.
The airport experienced a rebound in traffic the mid-1990s, with 173,000 passengers and seven airlines in 1995. Passenger numbers dipped when American Eagle ceased scheduled service to Miami in 2001, and dipped even further following the September 11 attacks. Scheduled airline service to Naples ended in 2003 when US Airways Express ceased service to Tampa International Airport. 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.
Facilities and aircraft
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).
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. In November 2016, there were 363 aircraft based at this airport: 224 single-engine, 70 multi-engine, 54 jet and 15 helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
|Gulf Coast Airways||Key West, Marathon|
Accidents and incidents
- 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.
- 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.
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- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Airport History". FlyNaples.com. Archived from the original on December 17, 2010.
- City of Naples Airport Authority Operating and Capital Budget (PDF). 2013.
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- "Airport in Naples left without an air carrier". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. June 16, 2003. 
- Henderson, John (2007-08-17). "Delta to discontinue service at Naples airport". Naples Daily News. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
- "Scheduled Services". ExecAir Inc. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "Gulf Coast Airways: Flight Schedule" (PDF). Gulf Coast Airways. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
- "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
- "NTSB Safety Alert: Thunderstorm Encounters", National Transportation Safety Board, Retrieved July 25, 2012
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Naples Army Airfield.|
- 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
- Naples Municipal Airport, official site
- "Naples Municipal Airport". brochure from CFASPP
- Aerial image as of February 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective October 11, 2018
- FAA Terminal Procedures for APF, effective October 11, 2018
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