Tri-State Airport

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Tri-State Airport
Milton J. Ferguson Field
Tri-State Airport logo.png
Tri-State Airport - USGS 14 March 1995.jpg
USGS aerial image, 1995
Airport type Public
Owner Tri-State Airport Authority
Serves Huntington, West Virginia
Elevation AMSL 828 ft / 252 m
Coordinates 38°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
HTS is located in West Virginia
HTS is located in the US
Location of airport in West Virginia / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 7,017 2,139 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016) 14,176
Based aircraft (2017) 41
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Jan 2017) 195,000

Tri-State Airport (IATA: HTSICAO: KHTSFAA LID: HTS), also known as 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] 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.[3]


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]

For the 12 month period ending April 1, 2016, the airport had 14,176 aircraft operations, average 39 per day: 50% general aviation, 31% air taxi, 14% airline, and 6% military. In May 2017, 41 aircraft were then based at this airport: 30 single-engine, 7 multi-engine, 3 jet, and 1 helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Refs
Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach
American Eagle Charlotte [5]

Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic destinations out of HTS (June 2016 - May 2017)[6]
Rank City Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Charlotte, NC CLT 36,620 American
2 Orlando/Sanford, FL SFB 26,680 Allegiant
3 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL PIE 23,510 Allegiant
4 Myrtle Beach, SC MYR 9,130 Allegiant
5 Punta Gorda, FL PGD 5,570 Allegiant

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


  • On November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 commercial jet, crashed into a hill just short of Runway 12. The flight was carrying 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 8, 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 operating as US Airways Express Flight 5481 (N233YV), crashed at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, killing all 21 aboard. It was determined that the accident was caused primarily by the faulty adjustment of an elevator cable - work that was performed just 2 days earlier at a facility at Tri-State Airport - by a mechanic that had never worked on that type of aircraft.[7]
  • On January 30, 2009, a Piper PA-34-200T Seneca crashed in the vicinity of KHTS during a significant snow event. The pilot was attempting to divert to KHTS due to a fuel emergency. All six aboard were killed.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for HTS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 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). 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. January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Poor Maintenance Cited as Primary Cause of Air Midwest Crash". Air Safety Week. March 1, 2004. 
  8. ^ "Crash victims possibly from Chicago". Huntington Herald-Dispatch. February 1, 2009. 

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