Northwest Arkansas National Airport
Northwest Arkansas National Airport
|Owner||Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers|
|Elevation AMSL||1,287 ft / 392 m|
Northwest Arkansas National Airport (IATA: XNA, ICAO: KXNA, FAA LID: XNA) is in Northwest Arkansas in Highfill, Arkansas, 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) northwest of Fayetteville and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) northwest of Springdale. It is often referred to by its IATA code, which is incorporated in the airport's logo as "Fly XNA".
It sees year-round, daily nonstop jets to major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco and Washington D.C., largely due to the presence of the world's largest company by revenue, Walmart, in nearby Bentonville.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 547,871 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 530,087 in 2009 and 549,195 in 2010. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.
XNA opened in November 1998 and airlines moved to it from Fayetteville's Drake Field, which was too small for the growing region.
In 2007 airport officials announced the construction of a new concourse costing between $20–$25 million. The new concourse is east of the upper concourse, allowing the airport to board eight more planes. The airport previously had 12 airplane parking positions. It took over three years to complete.
The airport completed a ticket counter expansion in 2010. The airport has completed a $21 million expansion to the upper-level concourse that includes the state's first moving walkway. With the walkway, it is anticipated to take about three minutes to get from security to the last gate. The addition adds 51,000 square feet (4,700 m2) and 12 upper-level gates to the east side of the airport.
The airport was previously known as Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. It adopted the name Northwest Arkansas National Airport in December 2019. Airport officials attributed the change to perception, saying that the new name would help attract more airline service.
The original runway built in 1998 required complete reconstruction in 2011 following the discovery of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in the Portland cement concrete runway. Since the runway was the only one at the airport, a temporary runway was necessary to maintain service during reconstruction. Stimulus funds of $9 million ($10.7 million in today's dollars) from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) allowed XNA to accelerate the alternative runway construction project. Upon completion of the alternate runway in 2012, all aircraft operations were shifted to the new surface and demolition and replacement of the primary runway began.
In 2016, the airport had 41,567 aircraft operations, average 114 per day: 42% airline, 29% air taxi, 17% military, and 11% general aviation. In April 2020, 8 aircraft were based at the airport: 1 single-engine, 3 multi-engine, and 4 jet.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||206,490||American|
|3||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||134,410||American, United|
|4||Charlotte, North Carolina||74,140||American|
|6||Denver, Colorado||55,980||Frontier, United|
|7||New York-LaGuardia, New York||43,290||American, Delta|
|8||Los Angeles, California||33,950||Allegiant, American|
- FAA Airport Master Record for XNA ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective April 23, 2020.
- "Distance and heading from Springdale (36°10'53"N 94°08'45"W) to XNA (36°16'54"N 94°18'28"W)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. p. 16. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
- "XNA Opens New Concourse". KNWA. August 24, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- "XNA Expands Terminal, Runway Facilities". 4029tv.com. June 30, 2010.
- "Airport in northwest Arkansas to get new name". Associated Press. December 12, 2019.
- Nordstrom, Robert (2012). "Alternate Landing Surface Keeps Air Traffic Moving at Northwest Arkansas Regional" (2). Airport Improvement Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2016-02-21. Cite journal requires
- "Allegiant Interactive Route Map". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "XNA Offering Flights to Denver". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
- "Timetable". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
- "Airport Traffic Statistics".[dead link]
- Official website
- Northwest Arkansas Regional (XNA) at the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics
- Aerial image from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective May 21, 2020
- FAA Terminal Procedures for XNA, effective May 21, 2020
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