Natchez–Adams County Airport

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Natchez–Adams County Airport
Hardy–Anders Field
Airport type Public
Owner Adams County
Serves Natchez, Mississippi
Elevation AMSL 272 ft / 83 m
Coordinates 31°36′49″N 091°17′50″W / 31.61361°N 91.29722°W / 31.61361; -91.29722
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
18/36 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 17,700
Based aircraft 33

Natchez–Adams County Airport[2] (IATA: HEZ, ICAO: KHEZ, FAA LID: HEZ), also known as Hardy–Anders Field, is a county-owned public-use airport located six nautical miles (11 km) northeast of the central business district of Natchez, a city in Adams County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 900 acres (360 ha) at an elevation of 272 feet (83 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 13/31 is 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 18/36 is 5,000 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 31, 2009, the airport had 17,700 aircraft operations, an average of 48 per day: 93% general aviation, 5% air taxi, 2% military. At that time there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 6% jet and 3% helicopter.[1]

Past airline service[edit]

Historically, Natchez had scheduled airline service operated by Southern Airways for many years. Southern commenced operations into the airport during the mid 1950s with Douglas DC-3 aircraft.[3] The Dec. 1, 1973 Southern Airways system timetable lists several flights a day to Jackson, Memphis, New Orleans and other destinations operated with 40-passenger Martin 4-0-4 propliners.[4] Southern then ended all service to Natchez during the mid 1970s and was replaced by a commuter airline, South Central Air Transport (SCAT) which flew Handley Page Jetstream turboprops to Jackson, New Orleans and other destinations.[5] Another airline that served Natchez was Trans-Texas Airways (TTa). The Sept. 24, 1961 Trans-Texas Airways system timetable lists flights to Houston, Jackson and other destinations operated with 21-seat Douglas DC-3s.[6] In the mid 1980s, Royale Airlines operated commuter turboprop aircraft to Jackson and New Orleans.[7] By 1994, Lone Star Airlines was operating Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner commuter propjet flights direct to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) via an intermediate stop in Nacogdoches, TX.[8][9] The airport currently does not have any scheduled airline flights.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for HEZ (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ Natchez–Adams County Airport page at Adams County website
  3. ^ Sept. 26, 1954 Southern Airways system timetable
  4. ^ Dec. 1, 1973 Southern Airways system timetable
  5. ^ Official Airline Guide (OAG), Feb. 1, 1976 edition
  6. ^ Sept. 24, 1961 Trans-Texas Airways system timetable
  7. ^ Nov. 1, 1984 Royale Airlines system timetable
  8. ^, Oct. 1, 1994 Lone Star Airlines route map
  9. ^ Sept. 15, 1994 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Natchez flight schedules

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