Williamsport Regional Airport

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Williamsport Regional Airport
Williamsport Regional Airport logo.png
IPT as seen from aircraft
Terminal in 2019
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerWilliamsport Municipal
Airport Authority
ServesWilliamsport, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL528 ft / 161 m
Coordinates41°14′30″N 076°55′18″W / 41.24167°N 76.92167°W / 41.24167; -76.92167Coordinates: 41°14′30″N 076°55′18″W / 41.24167°N 76.92167°W / 41.24167; -76.92167
Maps
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
IPT is located in Pennsylvania
IPT
IPT
IPT is located in the United States
IPT
IPT
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 6,825 2,080 Asphalt
12/30 4,273 1,302 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations23,777 Increase
Based aircraft51
Passengers39,995 Increase

Williamsport Regional Airport (IATA: IPT[2], ICAO: KIPT, FAA LID: IPT) serves Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area with a population of about 200,000. The airport serves about 40,000 passengers annually.

The airport is five miles east of Williamsport, in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.[1] The airport has two runways, 9/27 and 12/30, both asphalt. One passenger airline operates Embraer 145s while FedEx Feeder flies freight out of Williamsport Regional Airport. The airport has served north central Pennsylvania since 1929. The airport is home to Energy Aviation LLC that provides general aviation services and is the operator of its terminal, commonly known in aviation parlance as a fixed-base operator (FBO).

Federal Aviation Administration reported 23,901 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 19,834 in 2009 and 22,519 in 2010.[4] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]

In 2016 county, state and federal officials okayed a plan for over $75 million of improvements to the airport including airfield and building improvements. In late 2017 the airport began work on a brand new terminal building with seating for 150, limited food options, updated security features and a passenger loading bridge.

History[edit]

IPT from the air.jpg

In 1928 the Williamsport Civil Aviation Authority was looking for a location to build an airport near Williamsport. The airport company, with help from the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Williamsport, sold hundreds of shares of stock at $100 each until it had raised about $75,000, enough to buy 161 acres of a family farm in Montoursville. Then in late 1928, with approval from state and federal government officials, the airport company was granted a charter.[6]

On April 25, 1993 Thomas L. Knauff set an FAI world record flying a glider on an out-and-return course of 1,646.68 km (1,023.20 mi), releasing from tow over this airport, then flying along the Appalachian Mountains to Corryton, Tennessee, and returning for a landing 10 hours later. This world record stood for almost 20 years, and was only recently broken in Argentina, but is still a national record.[7]

Airline service[edit]

In 1946 Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Pennsylvania Central Airlines, the predecessor of Capital Airlines, served Williamsport; All American Aviation, the predecessor of Allegheny Airlines, joined them in 1949. In 1950 Capital Airlines was flying Douglas DC-3s to Baltimore, Buffalo, NY, Philadelphia, Rochester, NY and Washington D.C. National Airport.[8] In 1961 Capital was merged into United Airlines which continued at Williamsport. In 1964 TWA Lockheed Constellations flew Boston - Albany, NY - Binghamton - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - Williamsport - Pittsburgh - Columbus, OH - Indianapolis - St. Louis - Kansas City.[9] TWA left IPT in 1965. In early 1966 United Airlines Vickers Viscounts flew nonstop to Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Elmira and direct to New York Newark Airport, Washington National Airport and Buffalo.[10] United left the airport later in 1966; Allegheny continued nonstop flights to Erie, New York LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Philipsburg, PA and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and direct to Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Dubois, PA, Hartford, CT, New York Newark Airport and Providence, RI operated with Convair 440s and Convair 580s.[11] In the mid 1970s Allegheny BAC One-Elevens and McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30s flew nonstop to Binghamton, Ithaca and Pittsburgh and direct to Chicago O'Hare Airport, Cleveland, Dayton and Utica, NY[12] Allegheny Commuter took over in 1979 with Beechcraft and Nord 262 flying nonstop from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York Newark Airport, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and was the only airline at the airport in fall 1979.[13] Allegheny Commuter service continued for Allegheny successor USAir.[14] In early 1985 Allegheny Commuter had three weekday nonstops from Philadelphia and four weekday nonstops from Pittsburgh with Short 330s and Short 360s.[15] In fall 1994 USAir Express, successor to Allegheny Commuter, flew Beechcraft 1900C and Short 360s to Philadelphia and BAe Jetstream 31s and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias to Pittsburgh.[16] USAir changed its name to US Airways and in 2004 its affiliate US Airways Express ended flights to Pittsburgh International Airport. US Airways merged with American Airlines in 2015; in June 2016 American Eagle typically had three regional jet flights a day for American Airlines to its hub in Philadelphia.

In 2009 the airport authority and city leaders announced a $3 million budget to do minor renovation to the existing terminal, update tax-exempt and runway lighting and widen taxiways. The project was completed in fall 2011.

Annual fly-in & Air show[edit]

The Williamsport Regional Association of Pilots holds a fly-in every June. From 1996 to 2013 Williamsport Regional Airport held an Air Show and Ballonfest at the airport. Drawing large numbers from the area. Some of the most well-known aircraft to arrive at the airport are the following: B-17, 193d Special Operations Wing's EC-130J and the EC-130 Commando Solo

On May 14 the airport held an open house and airshow. One of the aircraft at the show was the "Spirit of Freedom" Douglas C-54 Skymaster used in the Berlin Blockade (or Berlin Airlift). Also an Ex-FedEx Express Boeing 727 now an aircraft classroom for Pennsylvania College of Technology, and a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Douglas SBD Dauntless and more.

Air service since 2017[edit]

In June 2017 the airport had four airlines, two seasonal charter and two main passenger airlines. Allegiant Airlines flew seasonal Boeing 757-200s to IPT, the largest airliner the airport has seen. Sun Country Airlines operates a few Boeing 737-800 flights in summer. The only scheduled passenger service is American Eagle code sharing regional jet flights for American Airlines.[17]

Expansion[edit]

In 2016 the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority began the bidding process for a new $15.9 million terminal which they plan to open by the end of 2017.[18] Also a grant of $798,000 was given to the airport which installed a new glide slope system, access road and repainted airfield taxiway and runway lines.

After a delay in the approval process in April 2017 contracts were awarded to local construction companies. The new terminal will be built alongside the existing terminal and will have a jet bridge. The old terminal will be torn down for more parking. The new terminal opened on October 15, 2018.

In January 2019, Pennsylvania state and federal grants were approved to be adopted by the airport authority in a public meeting in January. The funds of over $600,000 dollars were allocated for MALSR lighting system on the approach end of runway 27 and runway 9. As well as the relocation of taxiway echo, making it a high-speed taxiway. More than $150,000 was set aside for finalizing the airports fuel farm.[19]

Facilities[edit]

Airport apron

The airport covers 535 acres (217 ha) at an elevation of 528 feet (161 m). It has two asphalt runways: 9/27 is 6,825 by 150 feet (2,080 by 46 m), and runway 12/30 is 4,273 by 150 feet (1,302 by 46 m).[1]

In 2016 the airport had 33,019 aircraft movements, average 90 per day: 70% general aviation, 19% air taxi, 9% airline and 2% military. Of the 51 based aircraft, 32 are single engine, 10 are multi-engine, 7 jet and 2 helicopter.

The airport has one terminal, built 1947. Energy Aviation is the fixed-base operator; there are hangars and the headquarters of Life Flight air ambulance service. The airport is home to Pennsylvania College of Technology Air Mechanics and Aerospace building.

Runways[edit]

Runway Length Notes
9/27 6,825 feet (2,080 m) Used by nearly all commercial flights, with ILS on 27 side.
12/30 4,273 feet (1,302 m)
33/15 2,300 feet (700 m) Closed in 1979 and removed in 1981.


Aircraft[edit]

General aviation aircraft at Energy Aviation (a FBO) at IPT

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
American Eagle Philadelphia

Destination map[edit]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Cargo Carriers Seasonal: Harrisburg
AirNet Express Seasonal: Columbus–Rickenbacker
FedEx Feeder
Operated by Wiggins Airways
Harrisburg
Seasonal: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wilmington
FedEx Feeder
Operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Harrisburg
Seasonal: State College

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Williamsport Regional Airport
(Dec 2016 – Nov 2017)[20]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Philadelphia, PA 39,860 American

Passenger[edit]

Year Passengers
2009 29,753
2010 33,457Increase
2011 31,401Decrease
2012 37,949Increase
2013 35,194Decrease
2014 35,645Increase
2015 37,886Increase
2016 39,119Increase
2017 N/A

Military use[edit]

IPT is not designated as a military airport as it doesn't have any military aircraft or Pennsylvania Air National Guard based on premise. However the PA Air National Guard and Air Force use the airport for some training exercises over the course of the year. Mostly from Harrisburg, Fort Indiantown Gap, or the air reserve station in Pittsburgh, they mostly perform TGL maneuvers and re-fueling stops due to its low commercial traffic and up to date facilities.

At times United States Air Force's Lockheed C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster and AC-130 Gunship have performed TGL's at IPT from multiple air bases on the East coast.

Incidents And Accidents[edit]

  • On December 1, 1959 Allegheny Airlines Flight 371 — a Martin 2-0-2 crashed into a mountain about 1.3 miles (2.1 km) outside of South Williamsport killing all but one of the 26 passengers and crew. The accident was caused by low cloud ceiling and foggy conditions causing the pilots to not know where they were. There were two contributing factors: the FAA found that the airline or pilots never should have taken off, but did because they had been delayed and wanted to make up lost time. The second factor was determined to be pilot error because the pilots did not realize their altitude.[21]
  • On April 4, 1991, Merion air disaster — a Sunbell Aviation Helicopters Bell 412 collided Mid-Air with a Piper Aerostar which was flying from Williamsport to Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The Piper was carrying United States senator from Pennsylvania H. John Heinz III when it collided over Merion Elementary School in Lower Merion Township. All aboard both aircraft, as well as two children at the school, were killed. The helicopter had been dispatched to investigate a problem with the landing gear of Heinz's plane. While moving in for a closer look, the helicopter collided with the plane, causing both aircraft to lose control and crash. The subsequent NTSB investigation attributed the cause of the crash to poor judgment by the pilots of the two aircraft involved.[22][23]
  • On December 22, 2015, at 8:45 a.m., a Porter Airlines flight with 66 on board was diverted to Williamsport Regional Airport due to reports of thick smoke in the cockpit and cabin. The flight from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport had to make an emergency landing in Williamsport. Two crew members were taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center to be checked out due to smoke inhalation. The sixty-six passengers were taken to the terminal to be cleared by customs and then were able to leave airport grounds. The next day Porter Airlines brought a new Dash 8 400 to continue the passengers to Washington, D.C.[24][25][26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for IPT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (IPT: Williamsport / Lycoming County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.flyipt.com/airport-history
  7. ^ "World Air Sports Federation".
  8. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, June 1, 1950 Capital timetable
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, June 5, 1964 Trans World timetable
  10. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, April 24, 1966 United timetable
  11. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1966 Allegheny timetable
  12. ^ Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide
  13. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide
  14. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 8, 1988 USAir & Allegheny Commuter route maps
  15. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide
  16. ^ Sept. 15, 1994 OAG Desktop Flight Guide
  17. ^ https://www.aa.com
  18. ^ "Airport Authority opens bidding for more airport terminal construction - SunGazette.com, News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information, Williamsport-Sun Gazette". www.sungazette.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  19. ^ "Lighting system makes airport 'competitive'". Williamsport Sun-Gazette. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  20. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
  21. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Martin 2-0-2 N174A Williamsport-Lycoming County Airport, PA (IPT)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  22. ^ "Aircraft Accident Summary Report AAR-01-01-SUM". www.ntsb.gov. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  23. ^ Jr, John H. Cushman; Times, Special To the New York (1991-04-05). "Senator Heinz and 6 Others Killed In Midair Crash Near Philadelphia". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  24. ^ "Porter Airlines plane spotted at tiny Pennsylvania airport". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  25. ^ "Emergency Landing at Williamsport Regional Airport". WNEP.com. 2014-12-29. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  26. ^ PennLive, John Beauge Special to (2014-12-28). "Canadian airliner makes emergency landing at Williamsport airport". PennLive.com. Retrieved 2019-02-18.

External links[edit]