Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

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Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
Portsmouth International Airport at Pease Logo.svg
Pease AFB NH - 29 Apr 1998.jpg
Airport typePublic / military
OwnerPease Development Authority
ServesPortsmouth, New Hampshire
LocationPortsmouth / Newington, New Hampshire, USA
Elevation AMSL100 ft / 30 m
Coordinates43°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
PSM is located in New Hampshire
Location of airport in New Hampshire
PSM is located in the United States
PSM (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,322 3,451 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2019)
Aircraft operations (year ending September 30, 2019)42,282
Based aircraft132
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2][3]

Portsmouth International Airport at Pease[1][2] (IATA: PSM, ICAO: KPSM, FAA 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.[4]

The airport is located within the Pease International Tradeport,[5] 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.



The airport shares its 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 KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers.[6][7][8] The 64th Air Refueling Squadron (64 ARS), an active duty Air Force unit of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing (22 ARW) at McConnell AFB, is also embedded and located with the 157 ARW at Pease ANGB.[6]

Pease was one of seven Launch Abort Sites and one of 18 Emergency Landing Sites for NASA Space Shuttle orbiters.[9]


Domestic and international terminal passenger service by the third iteration of Pan American Airways began in 1999[10] and lasted until the airline's demise in 2004;[11] other past operators include Business Express / Delta Connection (1993–?),[12] Allegiant Air (2005–2007),[13] and Skybus Airlines, which operated out of the airport from May 2007[14] until it ceased operations in April 2008.

Allegiant Air returned in October 2013, and offers service to several destinations.[15] Frontier Airlines began offering service to their hub in Orlando, Florida, on December 6, 2018, with hopes of expanding the number of destinations offered in the future.[16][17] An expanded passenger terminal opened on January 22, 2021, for customers of Allegiant Air.[18]

The airport is the current base for PlaneSense, a company that offers fractional aircraft ownership programs.[19]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Allegiant Air offers scheduled passenger service out of Pease.

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 11,322 by 150 feet (3,451 x 46 m).[2]

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2019, the airport had 42,282 aircraft operations, an average of 116 per day: 68% general aviation, 10% military, 17% air taxi and 4% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 132 aircraft based at this airport: 96 single-engine, 12 multi-engine, 16 jet, 6 helicopter and 2 military.[3]

In May 2019, the Pease Development Authority approved a $24 million runway reconstruction project,[20] which was completed in September 2020.[21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater[22]
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, Nashville[23]

Accidents at or near PSM[edit]

Civilian aircraft incidents at or near the airport, per National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) records:

A number of incidents, some with fatalities, occurred during military use of the facility.


  1. ^ a b Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, official site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for PSM PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective June 5, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Based Aircraft & Operations". gcr1.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 21, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Pease International Tradeport, official site
  6. ^ a b "157th Operations Group". Air National Guard. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Briand, Paul (February 2, 2019). "KC-46A to arrive at Pease by fall". Foster's Daily Democrat. Dover, New Hampshire. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  8. ^ McMenemy, Jeff (August 8, 2019). "First KC-46A tanker arrives at Pease". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "DOD Support to manned space operations for STS-117". United States Northern Command. 2007. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012.
  10. ^ Holland, Roberta (September 13, 1999). "Pan Am starts flights from Portsmouth to Orlando". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Haberman, Shir. "Pan Am closes up shop at Pease". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Binole, Gina (March 22, 1993). "Closed air force base key to future dreams". Katsap Sun. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Macalaster, Gretyl (August 30, 2013). "Passenger service returning to Pease with roundtrip fares to Orlando for $100". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Howe, Peter (May 24, 2007). "With fares as low as $10, no-frills airline lifts off". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  15. ^ Early, Brian (August 30, 2016). "Allegiant Air offers new Florida destination from Portsmouth". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  16. ^ McMenemy, Jeff (September 12, 2018). "Frontier Airlines to fly from Pease". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  17. ^ McMenemy, Jeff (December 6, 2018). "Frontier makes first flights in Portsmouth". Foster's Daily Democrat. Dover, New Hampshire. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Sneak peek at Portsmouth airport's new terminal". seacoastonline.com. January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  19. ^ "Pro Con Inc. completes 84,000 s/f aviation facility for Alpha Flying Inc. at Pease International Airport". New England Real Estate Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  20. ^ McMenemy, Jeff (May 16, 2019). "Pease board OKs $24M runway reconstruction". seacoastonline.com. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  21. ^ Briand, Paul (September 17, 2020). "Pease runway scheduled to reopen Sept. 23". seacoastonline.com. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  22. ^ "Allegiant announces two new routes from Key West". February 17, 2021.
  23. ^ "Home". allegiantair.com.
  24. ^ "National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Data Summary". NTSB.gov. February 10, 1994. Retrieved February 5, 2021. Accident Number: NYC93LA078
  25. ^ "Aurora pilot survives out-of-state crash". Northwest Herald. Woodstock, Illinois. AP. April 11, 1993. p. 3. Retrieved February 5, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  26. ^ Bennett, Philip (April 11, 1993). "Pilot takes to sky to aid fellow airman". The Boston Globe. p. 21. Retrieved February 5, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  27. ^ Bennett, Philip (April 11, 1993). "Pilot takes to air to aid a stranger in trouble (cont'd)". The Boston Globe. p. 26. Retrieved February 5, 2021 – via newspapers.com.
  28. ^ "National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Data Summary". NTSB.gov. December 28, 2004. Retrieved February 5, 2021. Accident Number: NYC05CA003
  29. ^ Leech, Adam (October 10, 2004). "Small plane crashes in Eliot". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  30. ^ "N80657 accident description". planecrashmap.com. Retrieved February 5, 2021.

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