Tweed New Haven Airport

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Tweed New Haven Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of New Haven
Operator Tweed New Haven Airport Authority
Serves New Haven, Connecticut
Elevation AMSL 12 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 41°15′50″N 072°53′12″W / 41.26389°N 72.88667°W / 41.26389; -72.88667Coordinates: 41°15′50″N 072°53′12″W / 41.26389°N 72.88667°W / 41.26389; -72.88667
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
HVN is located in Connecticut
Location of airport in Connecticut
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 5,600 1,707 Asphalt
14/32 3,626 1,105 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 41,598
Based aircraft 41
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Tweed New Haven Airport[1] (IATA: HVNICAO: KHVNFAA LID: HVN) is a public airport three miles southeast of downtown New Haven, in New Haven County, Connecticut.[2] The airport is partly in City of New Haven, which owns the airport,[2] and partly in the East Haven. It was formerly Tweed New Haven Regional Airport.[3]

Tweed is one of the two airports with regularly-scheduled commercial service in Connecticut, the other being Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. A US Airways affiliate is New Haven's only airline.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 33,988 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[5] 33,000 in 2009 and 35,854 in 2010.[6]


Tweed New Haven airfield from the north (Dodge Avenue).

Tweed was dedicated on August 29, 1931 as New Haven Municipal Airport; it was renamed Tweed in 1961 in honor of John H. Tweed, its first airport manager. American Airlines stopped at New Haven in the 1930s–1950s, pulling out in 1960 and being replaced by Allegheny Airlines. Eastern left in 1969.

1970s and 1980s[edit]

Fixed Base Operator "New Haven Airways" started scheduled flights and became New Haven's home town airline, NewAir.[7] The airline had flights to New York's JFK and LaGuardia Airports, Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington International, and Washington National Airports, on Twin Otters, EMB-110s, and Shorts-360s.

Competing was Pilgrim Airlines based at Groton–New London,[8] to New York–JFK and LaGuardia, as well as Boston, on Twin Otters and F-27s. By the mid-1980s the two airlines merged and were purchased by Hartford-based Business Express Airlines, which initially flew only from Brainard Airport to Boston and Philadelphia.

In 1987 Hyannis-based Provincetown-Boston Airlines (PBA), a commuter airline for Peoplexpress Airlines and then Continental Airlines, began flights to New Haven. PBA flew EMB-110s from Tweed to Continental's hub at Newark and to Hyannis and Nantucket MA.

US Air Express flew to Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Jet flights from New Haven to Chicago-O'Hare started in 1985–86, initially on Air Wisconsin's BAE-146s as "United Express"; from 1991 to 1996 United 737-300s flew nonstop to O'Hare. Continental Express service continued, on Beech 1900s and ATR-42s, while Business Express flights became Saab 340s and Beech 1900s.

By the late 1990s Business Express service ended, as it put its Saab-340s out of service, after is acquisition by AMR Corporation. Continental Express flight ended in the 1990s, then came back, and then left again by the late 1990s.

Comair (Delta Connection) began service to HVN in 2004 flying twice daily to Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport using a CRJ 200 and was first managed by Ziv S. The Airline ceased operations at HVN on Jan 2006.

Pan Am Clipper Connection, operated by Boston-Maine Airways, began non-stop flights to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Hanscom Field, and Pease International Airport on March 8, 2007 using 19 seat Jetstream 31 aircraft. Service ended on 30 July 2007.[9]

This left US Air Express as the only airline at Tweed.

Present day[edit]

US Airways Express, which flew from New Haven to Philadelphia and Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., now is the only passenger airline at New Haven, flying to Philadelphia.

United Airlines connects to New Haven's Union Station in downtown New Haven via Amtrak train to/from Newark (EWR); the airport code for New Haven in this case is ZVE, but United does not fly to Tweed.

Tweed Airport is popular with private aircraft and companies carrying tourists who want to view the Connecticut shoreline. During events at Yale University, the general aviation ramp is often crowded with private jets – during the 1997 commencement, the corporate jets of Coca Cola and Procter & Gamble were parked nose to nose. The airport also gets heavy use during the annual New Haven Open at Yale tennis tournament.

Today the airport is operated by AvPorts of Teterboro, New Jersey, under contract by the Tweed-New Haven Airport Authority.

Public transit to the airport is available on Connecticut Transit's "G" route.

The future of the airport has been the subject of disagreement between the City of New Haven and the Town of East Haven. New Haven has advocated airport runway expansion, which would be required to attract more commercial air service and larger planes. Many East Haven residents have been opposed, saying that expansion would negatively affect residential neighborhoods near the airport.

In 2007 the Federal Aviation Administration and the State of Connecticut approved the addition of safety overruns to Tweed's main runway. The City of New Haven issued the wetlands and building permits for the project, but officials in East Haven voted to reject the upgrade proposal and deny permits for work on the East Haven (North) side; the Airport Authority and the City of New Haven filed a lawsuit against the Town of East Haven to allow work on the north overrun and won.

Since the lawsuit, The Airport Authority has completed the work for the $25 million safety overruns on the New Haven (south) side of the airport, as well as the East Haven (north) side.[10]

On March 16, 2009 New Haven and East Haven announced that agreement had been reached, keeping the main runway at 5,600 feet (1,700 m), with all obstructions in the approach zones to be removed. Departures are to be capped at 30 per day, with a passenger cap of 180,000 boardings per year.[11]

In July 2014, the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority and the City of New Haven sought federal grant money in opposition to these terms, proposing to expand the main runway past 5,600 feet (1,700 m).[12] In the same month, the airport also sought an increase in annually-appropriated State of Connecticut funds, specifically to pave the runway safety areas in order to expand the length of the runway.[13] This legislation was not enacted and federal money was not granted in 2014, prompting Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven and Rep. Rosa DeLauro to write a letter to residents pledging their support for runway expansion in 2015.[14]

Opposition to the airport runway expansion is strong amongst local residents, resulting in a grassroots campaign.[15] Tensions flared up at May 20, 2015[16][17] and May 21, 2015[18][19][20][21] community meetings. East Haven voters and Mayor Joseph Maturo still oppose Tweed expansion proposals.[22]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Tweed-New Haven Airport covers 394 acres (159 ha) at an elevation of 12 feet (4 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 2/20 is 5,600 by 150 feet (1,707 x 46 m) and 14/32 is 3,626 by 100 feet (1,105 x 30 m).[2]

In the year ending March 31, 2012 the airport had 41,598 aircraft operations, average 113 per day: 89.8% general aviation, 7.6% scheduled commercial, 1.6% air taxi, and 1% military. 41 aircraft were then based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 12% multi-engine, and 5% jet.[2]

The Connecticut Wing Civil Air Patrol 073rd Minuteman Squadron (NER-CT-073) operates out of the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
US Airways Express1 Philadelphia
US Airways Express is currently the only airline to operate commercial service out of the airport.

^1 All US Airways Express flights will be rebranded as American Eagle flights effective October 17, 2015.


  • On March 1, 1958 an American Airlines Convair CV-240-O with eight passengers destined for Bridgeport Airport crashed on the runway after the landing gear was retracted before the aircraft had lifted off. The plane landed on its belly and a small engine fire occurred. No injuries.
  • On June 7, 1971 an Allegheny Airlines Convair 580 with 30 passengers arriving from Groton-New London Airport crashed, striking cottages 4,890 feet (1,490 m) from the runway. Twenty-eight occupants died. It was blamed on pilot error.[23]
  • On January 7, 2011 a Bombardier Dash 8-100, operating as Piedmont Airlines flight 4507 from Philadelphia International Airport to New Haven was struck by lightning over the Long Island Sound. The captain reported electrical problems and diverted safely to Long Island Macarthur Airport due to better weather. The flight carried 33 passengers who were bussed to New Haven.
  • On August 9, 2013, a Rockwell International Turbo Commander 690B from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey crashed into two houses in an East Haven residential neighborhood while on approach to this airport. The impact and the resulting fires destroyed both houses.[24] The incident resulted in the deaths of both people on the plane (the 54-year-old pilot Bill Henningsgaard and his 17-year-old son Maxwell) and two children in one of the homes (13-year-old Sade Brantley and her 1-year-old sister Madisyn Mitchell).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tweed New Haven Airport". official website. 
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for HVN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tweed New Haven Regional Airport". official site. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "NewAir – New Haven Airways". Airline Timetable Images. November 3, 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Pilgrim Airlines". AirTimes. February 8, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Baruzzi, Cara (July 21, 2007). "Pan Am ending flights at Tweed". New Haven Register. 
  10. ^ Zapana, Victor (April 23, 2008). "Tweed renovations could take off even though East Haven remains opposed". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on April 25, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008. 
  11. ^ Tweed New Haven Airport Authority (2009-03-16). "Memorandum of Agreement Concerning Tweed New Haven Regional Airport Between the City of New Haven, the Town of East Haven, and the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-29. Runway 2-20 shall be limited to the existing paved runway length of 5,600 linear feet. 
  12. ^ City of New Haven (2014-07-31). "Proposal Under The: Small Community Air Service Development Program" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-29. Phase 3 is crucial to developing future air service as it involves the paving of the safety areas of Runway 02 and 20 which would effectively provide 6,200 feet of runway for takeoffs and enable HVN to handle larger jets flying to further destinations. The Airport continues to work with the FAA to secure approval and funding for Phase 3 implementation. 
  13. ^ TRA (2014-07-01). "AN ACT CONCERNING TWEED -NEW HAVEN AIRPORT." (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-29. The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to the extent of the amount stated in subsection (a) of this section, shall be used by the Department of Transportation for the purpose of trimming or removing trees and paving existing runway safety areas at Tweed - New Haven Airport. 
  14. ^ City of New Haven (2015-04-28). "Letter from Toni M. Harp, Mayor" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-05-29. ...the 5600ft runway remains too short for many modern types of commercial aircraft. It is proposed, therefore, to pave 1,000 feet of the existing safety zone to the south and 500 feet of the existing safety zone to the north of the existing runway. 
  15. ^ Voters Opposed to Tweed Expansion (2015-05-20). " Media Release". Retrieved 2015-05-29. The community activist group who are calling themselves Voters Opposed to Tweed Expansion (VOTE) have been meeting in their homes to review assessments and national airline data and have launched, to help others learn what the potential impact on the environmental, quality of life and taxpayer impacts of the proposed airport expansion. 
  16. ^ "Crowd turns out to slam proposed Tweed runway expansion". New Haven Register. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. Well over 100 people crammed into the old terminal at Tweed, at one point filling most of its available space, including a staircase overlooking the action. 
  17. ^ ""We Don’t Want It!" Tweed Neighbors Declare". New Haven Independent. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. City and Tweed-New Haven Airport pitched plane-weary Morris Cove neighbors Wednesday night on a plan to pave another 1,500 feet of runway to boost air service into town—and received a ritual chorus of angry opposition from an overflow crowd. 
  18. ^ "Shoreline Residents Up in Arms Over Airport Expansion Plans". NBC Connecticut. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. The city and Tweed agreed not to pave the runway safety areas in 2009. Many residents wonder why that appears to be changing now. 
  19. ^ "Neighbors furious over proposed runway expansion at Tweed-New Haven Airport". Fox CT. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. The second of two planned meetings saw another at-capacity crowd at Nathan Hale Elementary Thursday night after the room was packed on Wednesday. Angry neighbors clashed with airport officials from Tweed New Haven Airport over a plan to expand the airport’s primary runway from 5,600 feet to 6,100 feet. 
  20. ^ "Emotions run high at community meeting about Tweed Airport expansion". WTNH (New Haven). 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. The event was supposed to be an opportunity to for residents to talk to city officials about their plans to support a proposal that would increase the size of the airport’s runway and dramatically bring in more plane traffic in the coming years. People did speak, but you have to wonder how much they were truly listening to one another. There was a lot of shouting among people in the crowd, and those who asked questions didn’t hesitate to interrupt those they asked the questions to. 
  21. ^ "More outcry as Tweed, New Haven officials hear community concerns on possible airport expansion". New Haven Register. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. “We are all trying to do what we think is best for New Haven,” Nemerson said, adding this is being completed despite the proposal’s controversy. 
  22. ^ "UPDATE: Mayor Maturo Still Opposed to Tweed Airport Expansion Plans. East Haven residents greatly oppose the expansion plans.". East Haven Patch. 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2015-05-29. A statement from East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. regarding plans by some to expand Tweed Airport. “The City of New Haven, in conjunction with state and federal legislators, have begun more actively discussing the future of Tweed Airport. However, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. Moving ahead, I am committed to ensuring that our residents’ concerns and voices will be heard and that all of our questions will be answered. Until those questions are answered to the satisfaction of my constituents, I will continue to stand opposed to any expansion of Tweed and will continue to fight to protect the interests of our residents.” 
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  24. ^ "Pilot, Child Dead After East Haven Plane Crash". NBC Connecticut. Aug 9, 2013. 

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