Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

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Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (emblem).png
Airport type Public
Owner Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority
Serves Fayetteville / Springdale, Arkansas
Location Highfill, Arkansas
Elevation AMSL 1,287 ft / 392 m
Coordinates 36°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
XNA is located in Arkansas
Location of airport in Arkansas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 8,800 2,682 Concrete
17/35 8,800 2,682 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 41,254
Based aircraft 8

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (IATA: XNAICAO: KXNAFAA LID: XNA) is a public use airport in Northwest Arkansas, United States.[1] It is 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) northwest of the city of Fayetteville[1] and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) northwest of the city of Springdale.[2] The airport, located in Highfill, Arkansas, is also near the cities of Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale. It is commonly referred to by its IATA code, which is incorporated in the airport's logo as "Fly XNA".

It is perhaps one of the smallest airports in the U.S. to see year-round, daily nonstop jet service to major cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas, largely due to the presence of the world's largest company, Walmart, in nearby Bentonville. Envoy Air (the regional carrier for American Airlines) is the major carrier, formerly serving 6 cities, and currently 5 from XNA: Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Chicago O'Hare, New York's LaGuardia, and Los Angeles.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 547,871 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 530,087 enplanements in 2009, and 549,195 in 2010.[4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]


XNA opened in November 1998 as a replacement airport for commercial traffic previously served by Fayetteville's aging and inadequate Drake Field, which was undersized to serve the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region.


XNA in April 2011

Due to rapid growth in Northwest Arkansas, 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 park eight additional planes for boarding. 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 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 landing surface at the airport, an alternate temporary runway was necessary to maintain service during the main runway's reconstruction. Stimulus funds of $9 million ($9.9 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.[8]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport covers an area of 2,184 acres (884 ha) at an elevation of 1,287 feet (392 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways, designated 16/34 and 17/35, each with a concrete surface measuring 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2015, the airport had 37,767 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 37% air taxi, 33% scheduled commercial, 13% general aviation, and 17% military. At that time there were 8 aircraft based at this airport: 50% jet, 37.5% multi-engine, and 12.5% single-engine.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Los Angeles
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco


Statistics for Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport[9]
Year Total Passengers (enplane and deplane) Total Cargo (tons) Total operations
1998 53,565* 5,618* 5,238*
1999 653,022 205,175 38,548
2000 725,175 337,143 40,169
2001 735,822 356,186 40,426
2002 786,948 371,987 37,282
2003 892,489 329,304 44,259
2004 1,020,146 348,171 49,379
2005 1,168,858 296,740 55,091
2006 1,172,049 164,121 53,522
2007 1,200,122 230,214 55,193
2008 1,146,954 253,411 47,975
2009 1,083,638 196,706 44,568
2010 1,139,801 96,703 44,960
2011 1,127,909 59,328 42,414
2012 1,135,023 55,333 43,609
2013 1,160,032 84,884 40,810
2014 1,278,403 113,271 39,695
2015 1,290,850 149,259 38,421
  • (*) Note: Statistics for 1998 include only November and December.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for XNA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  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). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "XNA Opens New Concourse". KNWA. August 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "XNA Expands Terminal, Runway Facilities". June 30, 2010.
  8. ^ Nordstrom, Robert (2012). "Alternate Landing Surface Keeps Air Traffic Moving at Northwest Arkansas Regional" (2). Airport Improvement Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Airport Traffic Statistics". 

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