Tappahannock–Essex County Airport

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Tappahannock–Essex County Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Tappahannock Essex County Airport Authority
Serves Tappahannock, Virginia
Location Essex County, near Tappahannock, Virginia
Elevation AMSL 136 ft / 41 m
Coordinates 37°51′35″N 076°53′39″W / 37.85972°N 76.89417°W / 37.85972; -76.89417
Website TappahannockEssexAirport.com
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 4,300 1,311 Asphalt

Tappahannock–Essex County Airport (ICAO: KXSAFAA LID: XSA) is a public-use airport located five nautical miles (9 km) south of the central business district of Tappahannock, a town in Essex County, Virginia, United States. It is owned by the Tappahannock Essex County Airport Authority.[1]

Opened in 2007[2] and located near Route 360 at St. Paul's Crossroads, this airport replaced the former Tappahannock Municipal Airport (FAA LID: W79)[3] which was located near the intersection of Route 17 & Airport Road.[4]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Tappahannock–Essex County Airport is assigned XSA by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.[5]


Tappahannock–Essex County Airport covers an area of 423 acres (171 ha) which contains one asphalt paved runway (10/28) measuring 4,300 x 75 ft (1,311 x 23 m).[1]


Ground was broken for the airport in 2005. The flight strip was paid for by local tax payers and a federal grant, replacing Tappahannock Municipal Airport which was abandoned following the opening of Tappahannock–Essex County Airport.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.

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