Norfolk Regional Airport

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Norfolk Regional Airport

Karl Stefan Memorial Field
Karl Stefan Airport E View1.JPG
Former terminal building
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Norfolk
ServesNorfolk, Nebraska
Elevation AMSL1,573 ft / 479 m
Coordinates41°59′08″N 097°26′06″W / 41.98556°N 97.43500°W / 41.98556; -97.43500Coordinates: 41°59′08″N 097°26′06″W / 41.98556°N 97.43500°W / 41.98556; -97.43500
OFK is located in Nebraska
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 5,800 1,768 Asphalt
14/32 5,800 1,768 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations26,934
Based aircraft42

Norfolk Regional Airport (IATA: OFK, ICAO: KOFK, FAA LID: OFK) (Karl Stefan Memorial Field) is four miles southwest of Norfolk, in Madison County, Nebraska.[1] The airport is named for Karl Stefan, a local newspaper editor and radio announcer who served several terms in the United States Congress. Until March 2011 it was known as Karl Stefan Memorial Airport.[2] The FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation facility.

Recent airline service was subsidized by the Essential Air Service program until May 2004,[3][4] when it ended due to federal law not allowing a subsidy over $200 per passenger for communities within 210 miles of the nearest large or medium hub airport (Eppley Airfield, a medium hub serving Omaha, Nebraska).[5] Federal Aviation Administration records say Norfolk had 1,709 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2001, 1,139 enplanments in 2002,[6] 1,254 in 2003, and 672 in 2004.[7]

The first airline flights were Mid-West Airlines Cessna 190s in 1950-51. Mid-Continent or Braniff arrived by the end of 1952; North Central replaced Braniff in 1957, and successor Republic pulled out in 1982.


Norfolk Regional Airport covers 926 acres (375 ha) at an elevation of 1,573 feet (479 m). It has two asphalt runways, 1/19 and 14/32, each 5,800 by 100 feet (1,768 x 30 m).[1]

In the year ending August 5, 2010 the airport had 26,934 aircraft operations, average 73 per day: 89% general aviation, 11% air taxi, and <1% military. 42 aircraft were then based at this airport: 76% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 2% jet, 2% helicopter, and 12% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for OFK (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Norfolk airport adding 'regional' to its name". Sioux City Journal. March 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Essential Air Service Communities Eliminated from Subsidy-Eligibility". Office of Aviation Analysis, U.S. Department of Transportation. July 2010. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Norfolk, NE, by Order 2004-5-15, effective May 25, 2004
  4. ^ "Order 2004-5-15". U.S. Department of Transportation. May 20, 2004.
  5. ^ "Order 2003-6-25". U.S. Department of Transportation. June 19, 2003.
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2002" (PDF). CY 2002 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. November 6, 2003. External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2004" (PDF). CY 2004 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. November 8, 2005. External link in |work= (help)

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  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1998-3704) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-day Notice (April 1, 1998) of Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to terminate service at Norfolk, Nebraska.
    • Order 98-5-19 (May 12, 1998): prohibits Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., d/b/a United Express, from suspending service at Fairmont, Minnesota, Norfolk, Nebraska, and Yankton, South Dakota, at the end of its 90-day notice period, and requires it to maintain service through July 24, 1998; requests proposals from interested carriers to provide replacement service.
    • Order 99-4-7 (April 12, 1999): approves Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., d/b/a United Express's proposed alternate service pattern, by changing the hub to which service is subsidized for Norfolk, Nebraska, and Yankton, South Dakota, from Minneapolis to Denver. The order also selects Great Lakes to provide subsidized service at Fairmont, Minnesota, Brookings and Yankton, South Dakota, Devils Lake and Jamestown, North Dakota, and Norfolk, Nebraska, for a new two-year rate period at a total combined subsidy rate of $3,915,196 a year, effective on the date the carrier inaugurates the level of service described in Appendix B to this order, through April 30, 2001.
    • Order 2002-5-22 (May 24, 2002): tentatively reselects Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at North Platte and Norfolk, Nebraska, for the period from December 1, 2001, through November 30, 2003.
    • Order 2003-6-25 (June 19, 2003): tentatively terminates the subsidy eligibility of Norfolk, Nebraska, under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program because the subsidy per passenger exceeds the $200 per passenger statutory ceiling and the community is less than 210 highway miles from the medium hub airport at Omaha.
    • Order 2004-5-15 (May 20, 2004): selects Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service with subsidy support at Grand Island, Kearney, McCook, North Platte, and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, for two years at a total annual subsidy of $5,233,287. Also, makes final the termination of the eligibility of Norfolk, Nebraska, to receive subsidized essential air service proposed in Order 2003-6-25.

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