Pensacola International Airport

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Pensacola International Airport
Pensacola International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Pensacola
ServesPensacola, Florida
Elevation AMSL121 ft / 37 m
Coordinates30°28′24″N 087°11′12″W / 30.47333°N 87.18667°W / 30.47333; -87.18667Coordinates: 30°28′24″N 087°11′12″W / 30.47333°N 87.18667°W / 30.47333; -87.18667
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
PNS is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida / United States
PNS is located in the United States
PNS (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,004 2,135 Concrete
8/26 7,000 2,134 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2018)118,822
Based aircraft (2018)122
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Oct 2018)1,902,671
Cargo handled (12 months ending Oct 2017)21 million lbs.

Pensacola International Airport[2] (IATA: PNS, ICAO: KPNS, FAA LID: PNS), formerly Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport and Pensacola Regional Airport (Hagler Field), is a public use airport three nautical miles (6 km; 3 mi) northeast of the central business district of Pensacola, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the City of Pensacola.[1] Despite its name, the airport does not offer scheduled international flights, though chartered international flights are not uncommon. This airport is one of the five major airports in North Florida, and among these is the second largest by passenger count, only behind Jacksonville. The other airports in the North Florida region being: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Tallahassee International Airport, and Jacksonville International Airport.

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 small-hub primary commercial service facility.[3] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 771,917 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 694,786 enplanements in 2009, and 729,748 in 2010.[5] In 2018, the airport served 1.9 million passengers.[6]


In 1935, a passenger terminal opened, and airline service began two years later. Atlantic and Gulf Airlines went out of business a few months later after failing to get an airmail contract. In 1938 National Airlines began flights to Mobile and Jacksonville. From 1940 to 1945, the airport was a U.S. Navy training facility; the Navy built a control tower and added a fourth runway. In 1947 Eastern Air Lines began service out of Pensacola, and in 1952 a modern terminal replaced the original one. The airport was then dedicated to L.C. Hagler, the former mayor of Pensacola. In 1968 Eastern began the first scheduled jet service from Pensacola.

In 1978, after deregulation of the airline industry, several airlines began serving Pensacola, including Continental and Delta. In 1978 a National Airlines Boeing 727 crashed into Escambia Bay while on approach for landing, the first fatal airline accident in the area. In 1979 US Airways, then called USAir, arrived at Pensacola. In 1990 the current terminal was built and AirTran Airways began jet service in 2001. In 2005 United Express began service out of Pensacola. After stopping service to Pensacola in the 1990s, American Airlines (operating as American Eagle) began service again in Pensacola in 2004. Southwest Airlines initiated service to Pensacola in 2013 after purchasing Airtran Airways. Frontier Airlines initiated service at Pensacola in 2018.

Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward announced on November 9, 2011, that the airport would change its name from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport to Pensacola International Airport effective immediately.[7]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Pensacola International Airport covers an area of 1,211 acres (490 ha) at an elevation of 121 feet (37 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 17/35 is 7,004 by 150 feet (2,135 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 8/26 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface.[1]

Runway 17 has an instrument landing system and approach lights, while the Runway 26 approach has a localizer approach. A 1,000 ft. extension to the east end of Runway 8/26 was completed in 2006. The airport hopes to extend Runway 17/35 to about 8,500 ft.

The airport's two war-era diagonal runways were decommissioned in the 1960s.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 117,413 aircraft operations, an average of 321 per day: 56% general aviation, 22% military, 11% commercial, and 10% air taxi. In January 2018, there were 102 aircraft based at this airport: 71 single-engine, 13 multi-engine, 16 jet, and 2 helicopter.[1]


Pensacola has one passenger terminal with 12 gates, built in the early 1990s. Gates 1 through 10 are located on the 2nd floor, while Gates 11 and 12 are located on the ground floor.

Gate assignments:

  • American: 5, 6, 7
  • Delta: 2, 4, 8
  • Silver: 11
  • Southwest: 8, 10
  • United: 1,3
  • Frontier: 6

Gate 8 is a gate that is used by Delta and during the summer season, Southwest.

Gate 9 is used by American Airlines and United Airlines occasionally.

Gate 12 is not used at this time.

Terminal expansion[edit]

The terminal was expanded in 2011 at a cost of $35 million. The expansion was designed by Gresham, Smith, and Partners[8] and Stoa Architects.[9][10]


The airport is operated as a self-funding department of the government of the City of Pensacola.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


American Airlines Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Seasonal: Chicago–O’Hare[12]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Frontier Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Philadelphia
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa
Southwest Airlines Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Houston–Hobby, Nashville
Seasonal: Austin, Baltimore (begins June 7, 2020),[13] Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis[14]
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental
Seasonal: Denver,[15][16] Newark[17]

Cargo operations[edit]

UPS Airlines is the only major cargo carrier at the airport currently. UPS flies 2 flights into Pensacola, 4 days out of the week, Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday, UPS only flies one flight to Pensacola. Suburban Air Freight operates daily flights to Atlanta with a Beech 1900C. Ameriflight operated daily feeder flights for UPS to Mobile Downtown Airport and Gulfport International Airport with the Swearingen Fairchild SA227-AT Metro until July 16, 2016. As of July 18, 2016, Martinaire took over feeder service from Ameriflight with the Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster.

UPS Airlines Albany (GA), Louisville, Birmingham (AL), New Orleans, Orlando
Suburban Air Freight Atlanta
Martinaire Mobile-Downtown, Gulfport.


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from PNS
(May 2018 – April 2019)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 358,940 Delta
2 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 137,290 American
3 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 94,560 American
4 Texas Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 89,250 United
5 Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee 76,250 Southwest
6 Florida Miami, Florida 42,500 American
7 Texas Houston–Hobby, Texas 40,900 Southwest
8 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 39,010 American, Frontier, United
9 Virginia Washington–National, Virginia 37,000 American
10 Colorado Denver, Colorado 29,000 Frontier

Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares: (May 2018 – April 2019)[18]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On May 8, 1978 National Airlines Flight 193 landed in Escambia Bay while approaching the east–west runway. Three of the 58 passengers and crew on board were killed.

On July 6, 1996, Delta Air Lines Flight 1288, an MD-88, experienced an uncontained engine failure during takeoff on runway 17. Fragments from the number one (left) Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 turbofan engine penetrated the fuselage, killing two and seriously injuring one of the 148 people on board.

Public Safety[edit]

Pensacola International is protected by several local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Specifically, they are served by:


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PNS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective January 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pensacola International Airport".
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Pensacola International Airport". Retrieved May 6, 2019.
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  9. ^ "Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport – Stoa Architects". Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
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  11. ^ "About Airport".
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  14. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Southwest Airlines expands Florida routes from June 2017".
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  18. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats – PNS". Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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