Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

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Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
Portsmouth Airport Logo.jpg
Pease AFB NH - 29 Apr 1998.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Pease Development Authority
Serves Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Location Portsmouth / Newington, New Hampshire, USA
Elevation AMSL 100 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 43°04′41″N 070°49′24″W / 43.07806°N 70.82333°W / 43.07806; -70.82333Coordinates: 43°04′41″N 070°49′24″W / 43.07806°N 70.82333°W / 43.07806; -70.82333
Website FlyPortsmouthAirport.com
PSM is located in New Hampshire
PSM is located in the US
Location of airport in New Hampshire/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,321 3,451 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 51,673
Based aircraft 107
Sources: Airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Portsmouth International Airport at Pease[1][2] (IATA: PSMICAO: KPSMFAA LID: PSM), formerly known as Pease International Airport, is a joint civil and military use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Portsmouth, a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. It is owned by the Pease Development Authority.[2] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3]

The airport is located within the Pease International Tradeport,[4] a result of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Pease Air Force Base which was closed under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission action in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It shares the runway with the Pease Air National Guard Base, which is actively utilized by the 157th Air Refueling Wing (157 ARW) of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, an Air Mobility Command (AMC)-gained Air National Guard unit operating the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft and slated to receive the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.[5] The 64th Air Refueling Squadron (64 ARS), an active duty USAF unit of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing (22 ARW) at McConnell AFB, is also embedded and located with the 157 ARW at Pease ANGB.

Pease was one of 7 Launch Abort Sites and one of 18 Emergency Landing Sites for NASA space shuttle orbiters.[6]

The airport served as a hub for Pan Am from 1998 until 2005, when all mainline Pan Am flights at the airport were suspended. It was also one of a handful of airports served by the short-lived Skybus Airlines, which ceased operation in the spring of 2008. Commercial airline service resumed with Allegiant Air starting on October 25, 2013.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Allegiant Air is currently the only scheduled commercial service to Portsmouth International Airport.

Portsmouth International Airport at Pease covers an area of 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) at an elevation of 100 feet (30 m) above mean sea level. It has one concrete and asphalt paved runway designated 16/34 which measures 11,321 by 150 feet (3,451 x 46 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending October 1, 2007, the airport had 51,673 aircraft operations, an average of 141 per day: 68% general aviation, 22% military, 7% air taxi and 3% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 107 aircraft based at this airport: 52% single-engine, 19% multi-engine, 12% jet, 2% helicopter and 15% military.[2]

Portsmouth International Airport at Pease is the current base for PlaneSense, a company that offers fractional aircraft ownership programs.[7] Additionally, the airport's taxiways and runways are shared with Pease Air National Guard Base.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air[8] Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL)
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach (begins June 1, 2017), St. Petersburg/Clearwater[9]


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