University Park Airport

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University Park Airport
University Park Airport Logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner Pennsylvania State University
Operator Centre County Airport Authority
Serves Happy Valley
Location State College, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL 1,239 ft / 377.6 m
Coordinates 40°50′57″N 77°50′55″W / 40.84917°N 77.84861°W / 40.84917; -77.84861
University Park Airport is located in Pennsylvania
University Park Airport
University Park Airport
University Park Airport is located in the US
University Park Airport
University Park Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,701 2,042 Asphalt
Aircraft Movements 10,198

University Park Airport (IATA: SCEICAO: KUNVFAA LID: UNV) is a public airport located in Benner Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The airport serves the towns of State College and Bellefonte, and the surrounding area.

The airport is owned by The Pennsylvania State University, but the commercial terminal building and parking areas are owned and operated by the Centre County Airport Authority.[1] It is served by several major airlines, connecting to hubs in the Northeast and Midwest. As of 2016, University Park Airport was served by three airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines.


Starting in the 1950s, private pilots in the area had constructed a small airport on land leased from Penn State, just north of State College. The Centre County Airport Authority was created to manage the development of the airport.

Penn State assumed the lease and assets of the airport in 1972.[2] A permanent passenger terminal was built in 1985.[1] A new passenger terminal was completed in 1993, and cargo operations moved to the original terminal building. The airport underwent a runway expansion project in 1997, and the main runway was lengthened to 6,701 ft (2,042 m).[3] A new general aviation hangar was built in 2001.[4]

Construction on the airport's new control tower began on January 8, 2010[5] and was completed in early August 2011. The Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) went operational on September 1, 2011 and is operated by Midwest Air Traffic Control under the Federal Contract Tower Program.

In 2014, there were 142,551 enplanements according to the U.S. Department of Transportation making University Park Airport the 6th busiest airport in Pennsylvania.


Services at the airport include a fixed-base operator (FBO), fuel, flight planning services, aircraft repair, and hangar rental. Amenities include a snack bar in the terminal building, free Wi-Fi, charging stations for mobile devices, a pilot lounge, and conference rooms. Taxi, limousine services, and car rentals are also available.

Due to the airport's small size, ground handling for commercial air carriers is contracted out to third parties.  Delta Air Lines is serviced by SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines is serviced by DAL Global Services, and American Airlines is serviced by Piedmont Airlines. Private aircraft are serviced by the on-site fixed-base operator Penn State Aviation Center.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Philadelphia
Delta Connection Detroit
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Feeder
operated by Wiggins Airways


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from SCE (May 2016 – Apr 2017)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 48,210 American
2 Detroit, Michigan 32,960 Delta
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 30,750 United
4 Washington–Dulles, Virginia 23,280 United
5 Atlanta, Georgia 360 Delta
6 Flint, Michigan 40 Other
7 Fayetteville, North Carolina 10 Other
8 Roanoke, Virginia <10 Other
9 Cleveland, Ohio <10 Other
10 Charlottesville, Virginia <10 Other

Annual Traffic[edit]

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2019 - 2013 229,923
2018 - 2012 230,121
2017 - 2011 213,929
2016 N/A 2010 211,154
2015 277,128 2009 209,777
2014 270,891 2008 201,898


  1. ^ Comprehensive Plan of the Nittany Valley Region Center County September 16, 2004, retrieved April 6, 2006
  2. ^ An Illustrated History of Penn State Michael Bezilla 1985, retrieved April 6, 2006
  3. ^ University Park Airport Receives $3.8 Million Federal Grant The Business Journal August 30, 2004, retrieved April 6, 2006
  4. ^ Poole Anderson Construction – PSU 2002, retrieved April 6, 2006
  5. ^ Construction Begins On University Park Airport Control Tower WTAJ TV January 2010, retrieved February 20, 2010
  6. ^ "PSU Aviation Center |". Retrieved 2017-07-11. 
  7. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats". 

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