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
Location of airport in New Hampshire/United States
PSM is located in the US
PSM (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 11,321 3,451 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations 46,044
Based aircraft 140
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 the KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft and slated to receive the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.[6] 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.[6]

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

Domestic and international terminal passenger service by the third iteration of Pan American Airways began in 1999[8] and lasted until the airline's demise in 2004;[9] other past operators include Business Express / Delta Connection (1993–?),[10] Allegiant Air (2005–2007),[11] and Skybus Airlines who operated out of the airport from May 2007[12] until it ceased operations in April 2008. Allegiant Air returned in October 2013, and offers service to several Florida locations.[13]

The airport is the current base for PlaneSense, a company that offers fractional aircraft ownership programs.[14]

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 September 30, 2016, the airport had 46,044 aircraft operations, an average of 126 per day: 62% general aviation, 18% military, 18% air taxi and 2% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 140 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 7% jet, 4% helicopter and 6% military.[3]

Airline and destinations[edit]

Allegiant Air[15] Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL)
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Atlanta (begins December 6, 2018)[16], Orlando (begins December 6, 2018)[17]


  1. ^ a b Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, official site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PSM (Form 5010 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. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Pease International Tradeport, official site
  6. ^ a b "157th Operations Group". Air National Guard. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "DOD Support to manned space operations for STS-117". United States Northern Command. 2007. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Holland, Roberta (13 September 1999). "Pan Am starts flights from Portsmouth to Orlando". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Haberman, Shir. "Pan Am closes up shop at Pease". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Binole, Gina (22 March 1993). "Closed air force base key to future dreams". Katsap Sun. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Macalaster, Gretyl (30 August 2013). "Passenger service returning to Pease with roundtrip fares to Orlando for $100". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  12. ^ Howe, Peter (24 May 2007). "With fares as low as $10, no-frills airline lifts off". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Early, Brian (30 August 2016). "Allegiant Air offers new Florida destination from Portsmouth". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Pro Con Inc. completes 84,000 s/f aviation facility for Alpha Flying Inc. at Pease International Airport". New England Real Estate Journal. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Allegiant Air Routemap". Allegiant Air. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  16. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280574/frontier-airlines-plans-additional-seasonal-routes-in-w18/
  17. ^ "Expanding Frontier adds six new routes, two new cities". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-09-13. 

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