Albany International Airport

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Albany International Airport
FAA diagram of Albany International Airport.png
FAA airport diagram
IATA: ALBICAO: KALBFAA LID: ALB
ALB is located in New York
ALB
ALB
Location of the Albany International Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerAlbany County
OperatorAlbany County Airport Authority
ServesAlbany, New York
LocationColonie, New York
Focus city forCape Air
Elevation AMSL285 ft / 87 m
Coordinates42°44′57″N 073°48′07″W / 42.74917°N 73.80194°W / 42.74917; -73.80194
Websitewww.albanyairport.com
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
1/198,5002,591Asphalt
10/287,2002,195Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations154,094
Based aircraft85
Passengers2,531,323
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] ACI[2]
 
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Albany International Airport
FAA diagram of Albany International Airport.png
FAA airport diagram
IATA: ALBICAO: KALBFAA LID: ALB
ALB is located in New York
ALB
ALB
Location of the Albany International Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerAlbany County
OperatorAlbany County Airport Authority
ServesAlbany, New York
LocationColonie, New York
Focus city forCape Air
Elevation AMSL285 ft / 87 m
Coordinates42°44′57″N 073°48′07″W / 42.74917°N 73.80194°W / 42.74917; -73.80194
Websitewww.albanyairport.com
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
1/198,5002,591Asphalt
10/287,2002,195Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations154,094
Based aircraft85
Passengers2,531,323
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] ACI[2]

Albany International Airport (IATA: ALBICAO: KALBFAA LID: ALB) is a public airport seven miles (11 km) northwest of Albany, in Albany County, New York, United States. It is owned by the Albany County Airport Authority.[1]

It is an airport of entry[3] in the town of Colonie. It was built on the site of the Shaker settlement about 6 miles (10 km) north of Albany and stretching north to the hamlet of Verdoy. The airport is below class C airspace.[4]

In the past, most airlines operated mainline aircraft to ALB. The biggest aircraft that flew into ALB was Air Force One (Boeing 747), which has made four appearances: in 1994, 2009, 2011, and again in 2012. The C-5 Galaxy has landed for training, for cargo during Hurricane Katrina, and for the transportation of President Obama's motorcade on September 20 and 21, 2009. An Air Canada Airbus A340-300 (which has seating for 286 passengers) made an unscheduled arrival on December 21, 2007. Also, on August 10, 2012, a United Airlines Boeing 767-400 flight from Munich, Germany was diverted to Albany due to bad weather conditions at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey where the flight was expected to land.

Many times a week, UPS runs a 757-200 for cargo. FedEx Airlines brings the Boeing 757-200 to the airport about 5 times a week for cargo. Today, about half of the planes that depart and land in ALB are regional aircraft. Airlines that operate mainline aircraft are Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. The largest passenger aircraft to fly into ALB daily is the Boeing 737-800 operated by Southwest Airlines with seating for 175 passengers.

The airport previously had pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi access throughout the airport provided by WiFiFee, but recently introduced free WiFi service.

History[edit]

Albany International was the first, and remains the oldest, municipal airport in the United States. In 1908 the airstrip was on a former polo field on Loudonville Road, three miles (5 km) north of the city in the town of Colonie. In 1909 the airport moved to Westerlo Island, in the city of Albany, but at that time was in the town of Bethlehem; the airport was named at this time. The airport was named after Teddy Roosevelt's son, Quentin, a fighter pilot during World War I. A $10,000 prize was established for sustained flight between Albany and New York City; Glenn Curtiss achieved this on May 29, 1910. Other early pioneers of aviation that stopped at this early field were Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and James Doolittle.

Mayor John Boyd Thacher II once said "a city without the foresight to build an airport for the new traffic may soon be left behind in the race for competition". He therefore decided to build in 1928 a new modern airport on the Shaker site near Albany-Shaker Road in Colonie, not far from the original polo fields used as the first site of the municipal airport. The Shakers not only sold the land used but also loaned the use of tractors and tools.

The early Albany Airport was often closed and threatened with closure which prompted repeated improvements in the late 1930s and 1940s. The airport was closed from January 1939 until December 1940, when it reopened to traffic during daylight hours only, and then with no restrictions since January 1942. The airport has not been closed (other than for weather and emergency landings) since.

The February 1947 C&GS chart shows three 3500-ft runways aimed 12, 98 and 133 degrees magnetic.

ALB was jointly owned and managed by the city and county of Albany until 1960 when Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd ended the city's stake.

In 1962 a new terminal building opened. A landside building had ticket counters, a coffee shop, and baggage claim on the first floor and a restaurant, offices and viewing area on the second floor. A single-story boarding concourse extended outwards from this building. In 1968 this concourse was widened to allow more concessions and boarding space. The terminal was expanded again in 1979, with the addition of a new two-story building attached diagonally to the northwest. It had boarding gates for Allegheny Airlines on the second floor, and baggage carousels on the first floor.

The main terminal building at Albany International Airport

The Albany County Airport Authority was created by the county in 1993 with a 40 year lease to operate the airport in 1996. A new terminal was begun on May 16, 1996, opening June 1998. It was designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills and Stracher-Roth-Gilmore,[5] and it was built around the existing terminal, most of which was demolished upon its completion. Only the 1979 extension remains from the old terminal building.[6]

Service history[edit]

At the time of US Airline Deregulation in 1978, most of Albany's service was provided by two "trunk carriers" (American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines) and one "local service carrier" (Allegheny Airlines, which renamed itself USAir in 1979). After Deregulation, many new airlines expanded to Albany. Most did not survive the tumultuous 1980's.

Airlines that served Albany after Deregulation include:

During 1986-1987, the airline industry consolidated through a series of mergers, so that after 1989 the US airline industry was dominated by a group of six "legacy carriers:" American, United, Delta, Northwest, USAir, and Continental. All of them served Albany themselves or by their regional affiliates. During the 1990s, Albany and other Upstate markets enjoyed little low-fare service, and the legacy carriers mostly kept fares high. Southwest Airlines' entry into Albany in 2000 ushered in a new era of low fare service at the airport.

Recent history[edit]

Route map of Albany International Airport, as of October 2011.

CommutAir hub[edit]

In early 2001, CommutAir started to invest in an Albany hub. The hub was to connect smaller cities with bigger cities with Continental Express and mainline. At its peak CommutAir served Allentown, Bangor, Binghamton, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Elmira, Portland, Harrisburg, Nantucket, Scranton, La Guardia, Islip, Hartford, White Plains, Manchester, Providence, Syracuse, Rochester, Lake Placid, Montreal, Ottawa, and Plattsburgh. The hub was closed down in late 2005 to shift operations to Cleveland. A few of the markets did do well. The hub was served by Beechcraft 1900s operated by CommutAir for Continental Connection. Currently, CommutAir operates 2 flights from Albany to its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport for United Express.

Concourses[edit]

Concourse A[edit]

Concourse A was opened in 1968. Prior to the opening of a much more modern Concourse B in June 1998, all gates in Concourse A were occupied by US Airways. Pre-merger United Airlines flights and Cape Air are the only two airlines in Concourse A. Other previous airlines at Concourse A include American Airlines, American Eagle, Northwest Airlines (before their merger with Delta Air Lines) and Continental Airlines (before their move to Concourse C). United, following its merger with Continental added gate A4, and following the transfer of flights to/from Newark and Cleveland to Concourse A, United also added gate A3, giving United control of gates A3-A6.

Concourse B[edit]

US Airways and Delta Air Lines currently share the concourse, with Delta having three gates (B5, B7, B8) and US Airways having three (B9, B10, B11). Concourse B's amenities include a Paradies Shop, Hudson Valley Wine Bar, Starbucks and Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen. Gates B1, B2, B4 (lower level) and B6 are currently not in regular use (B3 boarding area has been blocked and is currently used as office space).

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300. This is the main type of mainline aircraft that flies in and out of Albany.

Concourse C[edit]

Concourse C was opened in June 1998 as part of the airport's $184 million renovation project. Concourse C has three gates, all being used by Southwest Airlines. Gate C1 was formerly used by Continental Airlines. Concourse C has two Paradies Shops, a business center, an interfaith prayer room and a Brioche Dorée.

Concourse D[edit]

There have been discussions between the Town of Colonie and The Albany Airport Board regarding the construction of a new concourse. The concourse will be built to satisfy the needs of a growing US Airways and Southwest, and will also become an international concourse with immigration and customs facilities.[19] Southwest only has two gates for their operations which some have said is not enough, considering that Southwest has over a 40% market share with only 10% of the gates. At times, aircraft have to wait until one of the two gates open up or passengers have to deplane on the tarmac via airstairs. Proponents of the new concourse contend that it would also be useful to attract new airlines to ALB. The proposed concourse would have approximately 10 gates. However, there is insufficient space for the new facility on airport property at this time.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsConcourse(s)
Cape AirBoston, Massena, OgdensburgA
Delta Air LinesAtlanta
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul (begins June 5, 2014)
B
Delta ConnectionAtlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. PaulB
Southwest AirlinesBaltimore, Chicago-Midway, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers
C
United AirlinesChicago-O'HareA
United ExpressChicago-O'Hare, Cleveland, Newark, Washington-DullesA
US AirwaysCharlotteB
US Airways ExpressCharlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-NationalB

Top Destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of ALB
(September 2012 - August 2013)[20]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Baltimore, MD187,170Southwest
2Charlotte, NC104,700US Airways
3Atlanta, GA94,110Delta
4Chicago-O'Hare, IL89,180United
5Philadelphia, PA84,960US Airways
6Orlando, FL82,270Southwest
7Chicago-Midway, IL81,530Southwest
8Detroit, MI73,180Delta
9Washington-National, DC58,060US Airways
10Newark, NJ57,280United

Airline share[edit]

AirlinePercent of Total Enplanements in 2012
Southwest40.6%
United21.3%
US Airways20.3%
Delta16.1%
Cape Air1.3%
Air Canada0.4%

Source:[21]

Cargo carriers[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
AmeriflightCincinnati
FedEx ExpressMemphis
UPS AirlinesLouisville, Hartford, Philadelphia

Ground transportation[edit]

Car[edit]

Albany International Airport has direct access to I-87 and New York State Route 7 via Albany-Shaker Road, a 3.3-mile four-lane boulevard. The New York State Department of Transportation is currently in the developing stages of the Exit 3 Project.[22] The Exit 3 Project will eventually provide better access to Albany International Airport and improve Exit 4. The airport is served by major car rental companies as well as by local taxi and limousine services.

Bus[edit]

Albany International Airport is served by CDTA Routes 610 and 737. Route 737 provides access to Downtown Albany, while Route 610 provides access to Colonie via Colonie Center.

Rail[edit]

The closest rail station to Albany Airport is Schenectady Amtrak Station in Downtown Schenectady at 10 miles from the airport. For more rail options, Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station is 14 miles away and has more routes.

Walking[edit]

There are currently few sidewalks connecting the terminal to nearby hotels or other destinations. However, the New York State Department of Transportation has proposed installing pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Albany Shaker Road during an upcoming interchange project. This will connect the airport to hotels and businesses along Wolf Road.[23]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On September 16, 1953: American Airlines Flight 723, a Convair 240, was flying Boston-Springfield-Albany-Syracuse-Rochester-Buffalo-Detroit-Chicago when it crashed and caught fire after flying into a series of radio towers in a fog while descending for landing. All 28 occupants on board (25 passengers and 3 crew) were killed.[24]

On March 3, 1972 Mohawk Airlines Flight 405, a Fairchild Hiller FH-227 crashed into a house in Albany, New York on approach to Albany County Airport. The crew had difficulty getting the cruise lock to disengage in one of the engines. While the crew attempted to deal with the problem, the aircraft crashed short of the airfield, killing 16 of the 48 people in the aircraft and one person on the ground. The lone surviving crew member was a stewardess, Sandra Quinn.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for ALB (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ 2010 North American final rankings[dead link]
  3. ^ "Customs at ALB". Albany International Airport. Archived from the original on 31 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Albany Airspace". SkyVector.com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  5. ^ SRG Architects - Albany International Airport
  6. ^ "Albany Airport History". Albany County Airport Authority. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008. 
  7. ^ Cathy Woodruff (2009-04-04). "Water tower work gets Federal boost". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  8. ^ "Airport Begins Construction of Major Runway Extension". Albany International Airport. 2004-07-14. Archived from the original on 2006-11-17. 
  9. ^ Eric Durr (2006-01-13). "Airport solid financially but needs more carriers". The Business Review (Albany, New York: American City Business Journals, Inc.). Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  10. ^ Tom Gibson (2002-09-30). "Let the Bugs Do the Work". Progressive Engineer. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  11. ^ Eric Anderson (2011-02-08). "Trends worry airport board". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  12. ^ Eric Anderson (2011-03-11). "A lure for expanded air service". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Albany to benefit from Southwest, AirTran merger". 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  14. ^ Pam Allen (2011-07-20). "Albany Airport seeks 125m grant". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  15. ^ Pam Allen (2011-08-05). "Albany International Airport attracts $500K in private funding to add flights - The Business Review". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  16. ^ Michael Cignoli (2011-09-28). "Albany Airport gets $750,000 grant to recruit new airlines, flights". The Saratogian. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  17. ^ Eric Anderson (2011-10-06). "Air service between Albany, Watertown to end". Times Union (Albany). Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  18. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/jetblue-start-service-albany-airport-15-22941669
  19. ^ "Architecture+, Petersen Group picked for $1.8M airport terminal project". The Business Review (Albany, New York: American City Business Journals, Inc.). 2006-01-13. Retrieved 2004-10-19. 
  20. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=ALB&Airport_Name=Albany,%20NY:%20Albany%20International&carrier=FACTS
  21. ^ http://www.albanyairport.com/FileUpload/files/12102012.pdf
  22. ^ https://www.dot.ny.gov/portal/page/portal/regional-offices/region1/projects/i87exit3
  23. ^ New York State Department of Transportation (2011-10-11). "I-87, Exits 3/4 Access Improvements". Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  24. ^ Record 19530916-0 at Aviation Safety Net

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