Northwest Arkansas National Airport

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Northwest Arkansas National Airport
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (emblem).png
Fayetteville - S'dale XNA.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerNorthwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority
ServesBentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers
LocationHighfill, Arkansas
Elevation AMSL1,287 ft / 392 m
Coordinates36°16′54″N 094°18′28″W / 36.28167°N 94.30778°W / 36.28167; -94.30778Coordinates: 36°16′54″N 094°18′28″W / 36.28167°N 94.30778°W / 36.28167; -94.30778
Websitewww.flyxna.com
Map
XNA is located in Arkansas
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XNA is located in the United States
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,800 2,682 Concrete
17/35 8,800 2,682 Concrete
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2016)41,567
Based aircraft (2020)8
Passenger volume (12 months ending January 2020)1,795,000

Northwest Arkansas National Airport (IATA: XNA, ICAO: KXNA, FAA LID: XNA) is in Northwest Arkansas[1] in Highfill, Arkansas, 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) northwest of Fayetteville[1] and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) northwest of Springdale.[2] 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,[3] 530,087 in 2009 and 549,195 in 2010.[4] 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.[5]

History[edit]

XNA opened in November 1998 and airlines moved to it from Fayetteville's Drake Field, which was too small for the growing region.

Expansion[edit]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Runway[edit]

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.[9]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal view

The airport covers 2,184 acres (884 ha) at an elevation of 1,287 feet (392 m). It has two runways, 16/34 and 17/35, each 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m) long.[1]

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.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Allegiant Air Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Nashville, Phoenix/Mesa
[10]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth [11]
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington–National [11]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [12]
Delta Connection Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia [12]
Frontier Airlines Denver [13]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco [14]


Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from XNA (December 2019–January 2020)[15]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 206,490 American
2 Atlanta, Georgia 134,640 Delta
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 134,410 American, United
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 74,140 American
5 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 65,050 United
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
9 Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota 29,250 Delta
10 Orlando–Sanford, Florida 23,170 Allegiant

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at XNA
1999–Present
[16]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
1999 653,022 2009 1,083,638 2019 1,846,374
2000 725,175 2010 1,139,801 2020
2001 735,822 2011 1,127,909 2021
2002 786,948 2012 1,135,023 2022
2003 892,489 2013 1,160,032 2023
2004 1,020,146 2014 1,276,851 2024
2005 1,168,858 2015 1,295,235 2025
2006 1,172,049 2016 1,396,738 2026
2007 1,200,122 2017 1,438,922 2027
2008 1,146,954 2018 1,574,610 2028

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for XNA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. p. 16. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "XNA Opens New Concourse". KNWA. August 24, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "XNA Expands Terminal, Runway Facilities". 4029tv.com. June 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "Airport in northwest Arkansas to get new name". Associated Press. December 12, 2019.
  9. ^ 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 |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Allegiant Interactive Route Map". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  12. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  13. ^ "XNA Offering Flights to Denver". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  15. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
  16. ^ "Airport Traffic Statistics".[dead link]

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