Tri-State Airport

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Tri-State Airport

Milton J. Ferguson Field
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USGS image 1995
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerTri-State Airport Authority
ServesHuntington, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL828 ft / 252 m
Coordinates38°22′01″N 082°33′31″W / 38.36694°N 82.55861°W / 38.36694; -82.55861Coordinates: 38°22′01″N 082°33′31″W / 38.36694°N 82.55861°W / 38.36694; -82.55861
WebsiteTriStateAirport.com
Map
HTS is located in West Virginia
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HTS is located in the United States
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 7,017 2,139 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations12,870
Based aircraft48
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Sep 2017)198,000

Tri-State Airport (IATA: HTS, ICAO: KHTS, FAA LID: HTS) (Milton J. Ferguson Field) is a public airport in Wayne County, West Virginia,[1] three miles south of Huntington, West Virginia,[1] near Ceredo and Kenova. Owned by the Tri-State Airport Authority,[1] it serves Huntington; Ashland, Kentucky; and Ironton, Ohio. It has heavy use for general aviation, and after the withdrawal of Delta Air Lines in June 2012, is down to two airlines, one of which provides nationwide connecting service.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 115,263 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2010, 10.9% more than 2009.[2] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[3]

The first airline flights were Piedmont DC-3s around the end of 1952; Eastern and Allegheny arrived in 1953. Eastern left about the end of 1972; Piedmont and Allegheny remained through the 1989 merger. The first jets were Piedmont 737s in 1969 (the runway was then 5280 feet).

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 1,300 acres (526 ha) at an elevation of 828 feet (252 m). It has one runway, 12/30, 7,017 by 150 feet (2,139 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

In the year ending February 28, 2017 the airport had 12,870 aircraft operations, average 35 per day: 46% general aviation, 32% air taxi, 15% airline, and 7% military. In December 2017, 48 aircraft were based at the airport: 35 single-engine, 8 multi-engine, 3 jet, 1 helicopter, and 1 ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Allegiant Air Fort Walton Beach, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach
[4]
American Eagle Charlotte [5]

Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic destinations out of HTS (October 2016 – September 2017)[6]
Rank City Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Charlotte, NC CLT 37,830 American Eagle
2 Orlando/Sanford, FL SFB 26,400 Allegiant
3 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL PIE 22,500 Allegiant
4 Myrtle Beach, SC MYR 8,510 Allegiant
5 Punta Gorda, FL PGD 5,210 Allegiant

FedEx Feeder is operated at the field by Mountain Air Cargo.

Incidents[edit]

  • On November 14, 1970, in what has been recognized as "the worst sports related air tragedy in U.S. history," [7] Southern Airways Flight 932, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9, crashed into a hill just short of Runway 12. The flight carried thirty-seven members of the Marshall University "Thundering Herd" football squad, eight members of the coaching staff, and twenty-five boosters. There were no survivors. The tragedy was the basis of the 2006 film We Are Marshall.
  • On January 30, 2009 a Piper PA-34-200T Seneca crashed near KHTS in a snowstorm. The pilot was trying to divert to KHTS due to a fuel emergency; all six aboard were killed.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for HTS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Primary, Non-primary Commercial Service, and General Aviation Airports (by State)" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Allegiant Air". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field (HTS)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. September 2017.
  7. ^ Rivals.com College Football. "Marshall crash still looms after 36 years. December 19, 2006 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2007-05-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).
  8. ^ "Crash victims possibly from Chicago". Huntington Herald-Dispatch. February 1, 2009.

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