Clinton National Airport

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Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Adams Field
Aerial photo as of March 25, 2001
IATA: LITICAO: KLITFAA LID: LIT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Little Rock
ServesLittle Rock, Arkansas
Elevation AMSL262 ft / 80 m
Coordinates34°43′46″N 092°13′28″W / 34.72944°N 92.22444°W / 34.72944; -92.22444
Websitewww.fly-lit.com
Map
KLIT is located in Arkansas
KLIT
Location of Little Rock National Airport
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
4L/22R8,2732,522Concrete
4R/22L8,2502,515Concrete
18/366,2241,897Concrete
Helipads
NumberLengthSurface
ftm
H15050Concrete
Statistics (2005, 2010)
Aircraft operations (2005)167,880
Based aircraft (2005)135
Passengers (2010)2,255,109
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] Airport Website[2]
 
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Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Adams Field
Aerial photo as of March 25, 2001
IATA: LITICAO: KLITFAA LID: LIT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Little Rock
ServesLittle Rock, Arkansas
Elevation AMSL262 ft / 80 m
Coordinates34°43′46″N 092°13′28″W / 34.72944°N 92.22444°W / 34.72944; -92.22444
Websitewww.fly-lit.com
Map
KLIT is located in Arkansas
KLIT
Location of Little Rock National Airport
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
4L/22R8,2732,522Concrete
4R/22L8,2502,515Concrete
18/366,2241,897Concrete
Helipads
NumberLengthSurface
ftm
H15050Concrete
Statistics (2005, 2010)
Aircraft operations (2005)167,880
Based aircraft (2005)135
Passengers (2010)2,255,109
Source: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] Airport Website[2]

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (IATA: LITICAO: KLITFAA LID: LIT), officially Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field,[3] is located 2 miles (3 km) east of the central business district of Little Rock, a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States.[1] It is Arkansas's largest commercial service airport, serving more than 2.1 million passengers in the year measured from March 2009 through February 2010.[4] The airport attracts passengers from a large part of Arkansas as well as a number of surrounding states.

Although the airport does not have direct international passenger flights, there are more than 50 flight arrivals and departures at Little Rock each day, with non-stop jet service to 13 national/international gateway cities.[5]

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History

Adams Field is named after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937.[3] He was a strong advocate for the airport, and also a Little Rock city councilor

American Airlines was the first airline to serve Little Rock when it first landed at Adams Field in June 1931.[3]

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training.

In 1972, the airport unveiled its current 12-gate terminal.[3]

On June 1, 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing the pilot and 10 passengers.[6]

In August 2008 the airport announced that it had approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The central component of the plan would be to expand the terminal from 12 to 16 gates.[7]

On March 20, 2012, the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted unanimously to rename the Little Rock National Airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after former Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States Bill Clinton and his wife, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.[8][9] The name Adams Field will continue to be used when referring to the airport's runways and air traffic, as well as serving as the airport's official designator.

Facilities and aircraft

The airport, from an approach road
Welcoming sign at terminal

Adams Field covers an area of 2,000 acres (810 ha) which contains three runways and one helipad.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 167,880 aircraft operations, an average of 459 per day: 42% general aviation, 23% air taxi, 15% scheduled commercial and 20% military. At that time there were 152 aircraft based at this airport: 45% single-engine, 32% multi-engine, 22% jet and 1% helicopter.[1]

Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, operates an expansive facility at the airport. It is the site of two Falcon aircraft operations: the main Completion Center for all Falcon jets worldwide, and the company-owned Service Center. Current production model Falcons are manufactured in France, then flown in "green" condition to the Completion Center where optional avionics and custom interiors are installed, and exteriors are painted. Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock provides inspection, maintenance, modification, completion and repair needs for the Falcon product line. The Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock Service Center and Completion Center combined occupy nearly 1,000,000 total sq.ft., making Little Rock the largest Dassault facility in the world.

Terminal

The airport has a single, elongated terminal building with 12 gates. Six gates are located along the length of the terminal (three on either side) and a circular area at the end has six more gates.

The terminal handles more passenger traffic than it was originally designed for. Nineteen planes are berthed every night, and the circular area - where Southwest Airlines, the airport's largest carrier, controls three gates - is especially vulnerable to crowds and long lines.

Passenger airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
American AirlinesDallas/Fort Worth
American EagleChicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air LinesAtlanta
Delta Connection operated by ExpressJetAtlanta, Detroit, Memphis
Frontier AirlinesDenver
Southwest AirlinesBaltimore, Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love, Houston-Hobby, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis (ends June 2, 2013)[10]
Seasonal: Orlando
United Express operated by ExpressJet AirlinesDenver, Houston-Intercontinental
United Express operated by SkyWest AirlinesChicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental
US Airways Express operated by PSA AirlinesCharlotte
US Airways Express operated by Republic AirlinesWashington-National

[11]

Top Destinations

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of LIT
(March 2011 - February 2012)[4]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Atlanta, GA170,000Delta
2Dallas-Fort Worth, TX158,000American
3Dallas-Love, TX128,000Southwest
4Chicago-O’Hare, IL99,000American, United
5Houston-Intercontinental, TX87,000United/Continental
6Charlotte, NC65,000US Airways
7Memphis, TN57,000Delta
8St. Louis, MO47,000Southwest
9Denver, CO40,000Frontier, United
10Las Vegas, NV39,000Southwest

Cargo airlines

See also

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for LIT (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ December 2010 Enplanements & Deplanements
  3. ^ a b c d Little Rock National Airport: History
  4. ^ a b http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=LIT&Airport_Name=Little%20Rock,%20AR:%20Adams%20Field&carrier=FACTS
  5. ^ http://www.fly-lit.com/airlines_flights/nonstop_jet_service.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2001/AAR0102.pdf
  7. ^ http://www2.arkansasonline.com/news/2008/aug/20/lr-airport-terminal-okd-redesign-20080820/?subscriber/national
  8. ^ http://www.fly-lit.com/bulletin.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2012/mar/20/renaming-airport-clintons/
  10. ^ "[1]." Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.fly-lit.com/airlines_flights/nonstop_jet_service.aspx

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