Milton J. Ferguson Field
USGS aerial image, 1995
|Owner||Tri-State Airport Authority|
|Serves||Huntington, West Virginia|
|Elevation AMSL||828 ft / 252 m|
Tri-State Airport (IATA: HTS, ICAO: KHTS, FAA LID: HTS), also known as Milton J. Ferguson Field, is a public airport in Wayne County, West Virginia, three miles south of Huntington, West Virginia, near Ceredo and Kenova. Owned by the Tri-State Airport Authority, 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. 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.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach
|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.
- 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.
- FAA Airport Master Record for HTS ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 2017.
- "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
- "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
- "Allegiant Air". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- "Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field (HTS)". Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. January 2017.
- "Poor Maintenance Cited as Primary Cause of Air Midwest Crash". Air Safety Week. March 1, 2004.
- "Crash victims possibly from Chicago". Huntington Herald-Dispatch. February 1, 2009.
- Tri-State Airport, official web site
- Huntington/Tri-State Airport from 2008 West Virginia DOT Airport Directory
- (PDF), effective September 14, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HTS, effective September 14, 2017
- Resources for this airport: