Tri-State Airport

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Tri-State Airport

Milton J. Ferguson Field
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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, United States,[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. On August 2, 2021, a federal subsidy was announced to subsidize flights to Washington-Dulles and Chicago-O'Hare airports. It is not yet known which airline will operate the flights. [2]

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 115,263 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2010, 10.9% more than 2009.[3] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[4]

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 Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach
[5]
American Eagle Charlotte [6][7]

Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic destinations out of HTS
(April 2020 - March 2021)[8]
Rank City Airport Passengers Carriers
1 St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida PIE 17,000 Allegiant
2 Orlando, Florida SFB 14,000 Allegiant
3 Charlotte, North Carolina CLT 9,000 American Eagle
4 Fort Walton Beach, Florida VPS 5,000 Allegiant
5 Punta Gorda, Florida PGD 3,000 Allegiant
6 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina MYR 3,000 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,"[9] Southern Airways Flight 932, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9, crashed into a hill just short of runway 12 (then runway 11, due to differences in magnetic declination between 1970 and today). The flight carried 37 members of the Marshall University "Thundering Herd" football team, eight members of the coaching staff, and 25 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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Form 5010 for HTS PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tri-State Airport receives funding for new flights". August 2021.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Allegiant Air". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  7. ^ "American Airlines Suspends Service to 15 Markets in October as CARES Act Service Commitment Expires". American Airlines Newsroom. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field (HTS)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. September 2017.
  9. ^ 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).
  10. ^ "Crash victims possibly from Chicago". Huntington Herald-Dispatch. February 1, 2009.

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