South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field
South Arkansas Regional Airport
at Goodwin Field
|Owner||City of El Dorado|
|Serves||El Dorado, Arkansas|
|Elevation AMSL||277 ft / 84 m|
South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field (IATA: ELD, ICAO: KELD, FAA LID: ELD) is nine miles west of El Dorado, in Union County, Arkansas. It was served by SeaPort Airlines, a service subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $1,977,153 (per year). SeaPort Airlines ceased operations on September 20, 2016.
The first airline flights were on Chicago and Southern in 1945; Trans-Texas arrived in 1953 and Delta/C&S soon pulled out. The last TI Convair 600 left in 1977.
The airport covers 1,540 acres (623 ha) at an elevation of 277 feet (84 m). It has two active asphalt runways: 4/22 is 6,601 by 150 feet (2,012 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 5,100 by 100 feet (1,554 x 30 m). Former runway 17/35 is closed; it had a concrete surface measuring 3,733 by 75 feet (1,138 x 23 m).
In the year ending June 30, 2017 the airport had 21,936 aircraft operations, an average of 60 per day: 73% general aviation, 13% air taxi, 11% airline and 2% military. In August 2020, there were 19 aircraft based at the airport: 12 single-engine, 2 multi-engine and 5 jet.
Airline and destinations
|Southern Airways Express||Dallas/Fort Worth, Hot Springs (AR), Memphis|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Hot Springs, AR||Memorial Field Airport (HOT)||1,860|
|2||Dallas, TX||Dallas Love Field (DAL)||1,720|
|3||Houston, TX||Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)||480|
- PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective August 13 2020.
- "Essential Air Service Reports". U.S. Department of Transportation. 2013-02-07. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
- Njus, Elliot (Sep 21, 2016). "SeaPort Airlines to be liquidated, fleet grounded". oregonlive.com. Retrieved Aug 21, 2019.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "El Dorado-Dallas flights start May 1". Arkansas Online. Apr 21, 2017. Retrieved Aug 21, 2019.
- "El Dorado airport gets new flight to Memphis". Talkbusiness.net. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
- "El Dorado, AR: South Arkansas Regional At Goodwin Field (ELD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. September 2015.
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2935) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2005-1-14: selecting Air Midwest, Inc., to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Jonesboro, Harrison and Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a subsidy rate of $4,155,550 annually for a two-year rate term.
- Order 2007-1-7: selecting Air Midwest, Inc. to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Jonesboro, Harrison and Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a subsidy rate of $4,296,348 annually for the two-year rate term beginning April 1, 2007.
- Order 2009-6-25: tentatively selecting Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, Inc. d/b/a SeaPort Airlines (SeaPort) to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs, and Jonesboro, Arkansas, for two years.
- Order 2009-7-8: making final the tentative selection of Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, Inc. d/b/a SeaPort Airlines, to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs, and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
- South Arkansas Regional Airport, official website
- South Arkansas Regional at Goodwin Field (ELD) from Arkansas Department of Aeronautics
- Aerial image as of 30 January 2001 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ELD, effective May 20, 2021
- Resources for this airport: