Toledo Express Airport

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Toledo Express Airport
Toledo Express Airport Logo.jpg
Toledo Express Airport Diagram.jpg
FAA diagram of Toledo Express Airport
TOL is located in Ohio
Location of the Airport in Ohio
Airport typePublic
OwnerToledo-Lucas County Port Authority
ServesToledo, Ohio
LocationSwanton / Monclova townships, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Elevation AMSL684 ft / 208.5 m
Coordinates41°35′12.5″N 83°48′28.2″W / 41.586806°N 83.807833°W / 41.586806; -83.807833
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Toledo Express Airport
Toledo Express Airport Logo.jpg
Toledo Express Airport Diagram.jpg
FAA diagram of Toledo Express Airport
TOL is located in Ohio
Location of the Airport in Ohio
Airport typePublic
OwnerToledo-Lucas County Port Authority
ServesToledo, Ohio
LocationSwanton / Monclova townships, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Elevation AMSL684 ft / 208.5 m
Coordinates41°35′12.5″N 83°48′28.2″W / 41.586806°N 83.807833°W / 41.586806; -83.807833

Toledo Express Airport (IATA: TOLICAO: KTOLFAA LID: TOL) is a joint civil-military airport in Swanton and Monclova townships 10 miles (16 km) to the west of Toledo in western Lucas County, Ohio, United States. The airport opened in 1955 as a replacement to then Toledo Municipal Airport located southeast of Toledo. TOL is near the crossing of State Route 2 and Interstate 80/90 (Ohio Turnpike Exit 52).

TOL is used by passenger and cargo airlines, general aviation, and is home to the Ohio Air National Guard's 180th Fighter Wing. The airport is a secondary airport for Detroit Metropolitan - Wayne County Airport and the surrounding region, including as a primary diversion point for aircraft arriving at Detroit Metro Airport. The airport is operated by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority on a lease agreement from the City of Toledo. The airport also serves as headquarters and ground cargo hub for BX Solutions.

In 2012 the airport served 143,383 passengers versus 144,076 in 2011, a 0.9% drop. American Airlines, operated by American Connection carrier Chautauqua Airlines, was the largest airline with 79,619 passengers to Chicago O'Hare. Allegiant Air carried 54,412 passengers to Sanford and St. Petersburg. Direct Air and Vision Airlines were accountable for the remaining passengers to Punta Gorda and Myrtle Beach respectively.[1] Through the first half of 2013, TOL has recorded a 3.6% gain in passengers over 2012 including an 80% increase in passengers by Allegiant Air, which added service to Punta Gorda.[2]


Toledo Express Airport covers 2,345 acres (949 ha) and has two runways:

Aircraft use[edit]


Passenger services[edit]


Toledo Express has one passenger terminal with 8 gates of which only three (Gates 3, 4, and 5), all in the central part of the terminal, are in regular use. The terminal features an east wing that comprises one upper level gate (Gate 2) and two lower level gates (Gates 1 and 1A), which also feature covered boarding. Gate 1A is configured to accommodate two regional aircraft at a time with covered boarding ramps. The oldest part of the terminal is the western wing, which comprises Gates 6 and 7; these are no longer used. During the terminal upgrades that introduced a new gate area for Gate 4 and a brand new Gate 5, the original Gate 5 was renumbered to Gate 6. Previous Gate 6 is inoperative and no longer has a jetbridge attached to it; Gate 7 remains a stairwell to ramp-level boarding.

The terminal is mostly original from the 1950s, but several upgrades have taken place. This includes the remodeling and construction of the east wing as well as the new central gate area. Additional plans to rebuild the ticketing lobby and baggage claim areas have not progressed due to the downturn in passenger traffic at the airport since 2001.

Terminal features[edit]

The terminal has two levels with the passenger waiting area, beyond security, on the upper level. In that area the passengers have access to a food court and bar on the second level. There is also a children's play area. Prior to security there is a gift shop near the front entrances of the terminal near the airline ticket counters. Baggage claim is on the lower level on the east side of the terminal with two baggage carousels. The rental car counters are located between the arrivals waiting area and the baggage claim. Free wireless (Wi-Fi) is available terminal wide.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Allegiant AirFort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater5
American EagleChicago-O'Hare4

Charter airlines[edit]

Charter airlines currently provide service to Laughlin, Atlantic City, and Tunica.

2013 True Market study results[3][edit]

The Port Authority commissioned a true market study of the Toledo catchment area to determine opportunities for air service development. The study found 510,000 people are within 30 minutes of Toledo Express. The total catchment area encompasses 981,000 residents. The actual passengers per day each way for the Toledo market is 3,241, of which TOL only captures 5.7%. Detroit Metro captures the most of 64.3%, with the remaining traveling to other airports in Cleveland and Columbus. There are also 372 international passengers per day, of which Toledo captures only 2.8%.

Delta Air Lines is the largest airline in the Toledo market area, capturing 44% of the traffic, United Airlines is second with 12.4%, and American Airlines (the only legacy airline serving TOL directly) with 10.3%.

Top Markets according to the report[edit]

  1. Orlando (MCO) / Sanford (SFB) is the largest market with 259 daily passengers with only 36 retained, or 13.9% of the market.
  2. Miami (MIA) / Fort Lauderdale (FLL) / West Palm Beach (PBI) came in second with 206 daily passengers and only 3 retained.
  3. Las Vegas (LAS) was third with 197 daily passengers and only 1 passenger retained each day.
  4. Chicago (ORD / MDW) has 174 daily passengers and had 28 passengers retained each day for 16% of the market.
  5. Tampa (TPA) / St. Petersburg (PIE) produced 152 daily passengers with 41 of those retained or 27% of the market.
  6. Phoenix (PHX)
  7. Fort Myers (RSW) / Punta Gorda (PGD)
  8. New York City (LGA/JFK) / Newark (EWR)
  9. Los Angeles (LAX) / Burbank (BUR) / Ontario (ONT) / Orange County (SNA)
  10. Washington DC (DCA / IAD) / Baltimore (BWI)

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxi and shuttle service[edit]

Taxi service at the airport is currently contracted to A1 Accurate Limousine and Airport Service. While other taxi operators are available in Toledo, none are currently able to stage at the airport.

Car rental companies[edit]

Toledo Express is currently served by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Parking lots[edit]

The airport offers two parking lots: short term and long term. Both are located on the north side of the airport and offer covered walkways to the passenger terminal. The parking lot is operated by Republic Parking Systems and it is also a partner of the Thanks Again rewards program.

Air cargo carriers and destinations[edit]

DHL operated by Atlas AirCincinnati, Minneapolis
Northern Air CargoVarious on-demand destinations with Toledo-based aircraft.[4]
Sierra West AirlinesVarious on-demand destinations with Toledo-based aircraft.[5]

Government and military operations[edit]

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The airport is also home to Toledo Air National Guard Base and the 180th Fighter Wing (180 FW), an Air Combat Command (ACC)-gained unit of the Ohio Air National Guard.

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Toledo ANGB consists of a Federal enclave of 135.4 acres (0.548 km2) leased by the Department of Defense for the State of Ohio and the Ohio Air National Guard, housing combat-ready F-16C Fighting Falcon jet fighters and associated Air National Guard support units. Physical facilities consist of 3 administrative, 13 industrial and 7 services building (including hangar facilities), totaling nearly 322,000 square feet.

There are 21 military aircraft based at TOL, supported by 290 full-time Air Reserve Technician (ART) and Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) personnel. Over 600 additional part-time Traditional Air National Guardsmen round out the balance of the 180 FW, capable of deploying worldwide to meet Air Force and combatant commander requirements as part of the Air Reserve Component of the U.S. Air Force. Concurrently, the 180 FW also provides traditional National Guard state support roles in the event of local and state emergencies to the Governor of Ohio.

Airport based businesses and organizations[edit]

BX Solutions[edit]

BX Solutions was established in 2011 following the closing of the BAX Global air cargo hub at Toledo Express. The management team is formerly from BAX Global and have set the company up in the former BAX Global facilities. The company provides services in the fields of e-commerce, heavy weight LTL package transportation, and supply chain management.[6] The company currently handles shipping of cargo through a trucking network but has been exploring the options of resuming air cargo services out of the Toledo facility.

Fixed Base operators[edit]

Aerospace companies[edit]

Corporate hangars[edit]

Toledo Lucas County Port Authority[edit]


Cargo Development Zone and Joint Economic Development District[edit]

In 2013, the Port Authority backed a plan collect income tax from businesses and employees on property at the airport owned by the Port Authority and other entities that sign on to the agreement.[7] The income tax would be distributed to an airport fund in addition to the participating communities of the city of Toledo and Monclova and Swanton Townships. The airport fund would take 55% of the first $500,000, 52.5% of the next $250,000, and declining from there. If revenues are over $1.5 million, the airport would see roughly 24.12% according to reports. A Port Authority Airport Committee meeting also stated that the City of Toledo's share would also be redirected back to the airport fund boosting revenues.[8]

The Cargo Development Zone is an area on the south side of the airport to the south of Runway 7–25, west of Runway 16–34, and north of US-20A. The site features onsite customers and a foreign trade zone. The development area will also provide access to the 78-acre air cargo ramp.


Burlington Air Express / BAX global hub[edit]

Toledo Express served as the main North American hub for DB Schenker, who acquired BAX Global, an international air cargo company, from 1993 until September 2011. DB Schenker leased a 300,000-square-foot (30,000 m2) warehouse facility with direct access to the runways at Toledo Express. They operated approximately 20 flights on average (with a peak of 42) per night from across the United States. Toledo Express was the 22nd busiest cargo hub in North America in 2009 with 241,472 tons handled.[14] The facility is now home to the headquarters of BX Solutions, a ground logistics and shipping company started up by former BAX Global employees with plans to re-establish the former domestic BAX Global ground and eventually air networks.[15]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

Northeast Blackout of 2003 and Other Notable Diversions[edit]

During the afternoon of August 14, 2003, Toledo Express served as a primary diversion point for Detroit Metro and Northwest Airlines. During that time Toledo accepted 6 DC-9-30s, 4 Saab 340s and 2 CRJ-200s. Passengers were deplaned and bused to Detroit for the remainder of their trip. The aircraft remained in Toledo until power was restored.

During the time when Northwest maintained the hub at Detroit Metro, Toledo Express served as the primary diversion point for inbound aircraft including international arrivals. The airport has accepted, on numerous occasions, the diversions of 747s, DC-10s, DC-9s, and A320s.

Toledo Express has also accepted diversions for other airports in the regional including both Chicago O'Hare and Midway if a suitable alternative isn't available closer. During a significant fog event in 2004 that caused ground stops in the Chicago area, American Eagle diverted 4 ERJ-145s to Toledo and ATA (American Trans Air) diverted a Boeing 757-200 operating from Washington National to Midway.

Failed Commercial Start Up Attempts[edit]

Toledo has had a few air service announcements made that never materialized or were dropped prior to being operated.

AirlineDestination(s)Planned AircraftTargeted Start
Air Georgian (dba Air Canada)TorontoBeech 1900August 10, 2000
Direct Air (commuter)Chicago MidwayFairchild Metro III1995
JetAmerica (Air Azul)Melbourne, Fla; Minneapolis; NewarkBoeing 737-800August 14, 2009

Previous Passenger Air Service history[edit]

Since opening in 1955, Toledo Express Airport has served many airlines over the course of history. Airline service prior to 1955 was operated from present day Toledo Executive Airport formerly known as Toledo Municipal Airport and Toledo Metcalf Airport.

AirlineDestination(s)Aircraft ScheduledService Date(s)Comments
Air FloridaNew York JFK, Tampa, Washington NationalBoeing 737-200, DC-9-10JFK: 6/14/79-9/5/79, DCA: 10/26/79-9/30/1982, TPA: 02/1980-9/30/1982[18]
AirTran AirwaysAtlanta, Dayton, OrlandoBoeing 737-200, DC-9-30, Boeing 717-20011/14/1996-2/28/1998, 10/3/2000-4/29/2002
Air WisconsinAkron-Canton, Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus, Flint, Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, Pittsburgh, South BendBAe 146, BAe ATP, Dash 8–300, Dash 7, Metro III ?-02/03/1993Original and operating as United Express.
Allegiant Air*Las VegasMD-8012/15/2005-4/24/2006
America West ExpressColumbus, FlintBeech 1900Operated by Mesa dba Superior Airlines
American Eagle*Dallas/Fort WorthERJ-145Operated by Simmons Airlines (now American Eagle Airlines) and Chautauqua Airlines (dba AmericanConnection until name change to American Eagle)
Atlantic Coast AirlinesCincinnatiDornier 328JETdba Delta Connection
Atlantic Southeast AirlinesAtlanta, CincinnatiATR 72, CRJ-200, CRJ-700dba Delta Connection
Beaver Aviation / BAS Airlines[19]Beaver Falls (PA), Detroit City, YoungstownPiper NavajoEarly 1980s
Capital AirlinesAkron, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia[20]Viscount, DC-3, DC-41/8/1948-05-31-1961* Merged with United. * At the time, 14 flights at startup was the most ever for a new city.[21]
Chicago Express AirlinesChicago Midway, South BendJetstream 31, Saab 3401993–1995, 6/28/2002-1/4/2005Original and returned as ATA Connection
Chicago and Southern AirlinesDeroit, Fort WayneMerged with Delta
ComairAtlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, IndianapolisPiper Chieftain, Piper Navajo, EMB-110, Saab 340, EMB-120, Metro III, CRJ-100, CRJ-200, CRJ-7001979, 01/03/1981-?Original and as Delta Connection
Continental ExpressClevelandEMB-120, Beech 1900, Dash-8-200
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Fort WayneConvair 440, Boeing 727-200, Boeing 737-300, MD-88, DC-9-30
Eastern AirlinesColumbusConstellation L-1049G, Locheed Electra, Boeing 727-100, Boeing 727-200, DC-9-30, DC-9-50
Frontier Airlines mk 1Denver, DetroitBoeing 737-200, MD-80
Liberty AirlinesChicago Midway & O'HareConvair 44002/1982-5/16/1983Plans for CMH, CLE, STL, BUF, & EWR scrapped.[22] Also flew CAK-ORD
Midway ConnectionChicago MidwayEMB-120, Dornier 228
Mesaba AviationDetroit, YoungstownDash 8–200, Fokker 27, Metro III, Saab 340Original and dba Northwest Airlink
Piedmont AirlinesDaytonBoeing 727-200, Boeing 737-200Merged with USAir
TransMeridian AirlinesLas Vegas, Sanford/OrlandoBoeing 757-200, Boeing 727-200, MD-80Filed for Bankruptcy
Trans Midwest Airlines[19]Columbus,[23] Dayton, Detroit Metro, LimaPiper Navajo1983–1985
Trans World AirlinesSt. LouisBoeing 727-100, DC-9, Martin 404
United AirlinesChicago O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Newark, Peoria, Saginaw, Washington National, YoungstownDC-8 series 21, Boeing 727–122, 727–222, Boeing 737–222,Caravelle, Boeing 720, Convair 340, DC-6B
US Airways (USAir/Allegheny)PittsburghConvair 580, Boeing 727-200, MD-80, Boeing 737-200/300/400, DC-9-30, BAe 1–11, Fokker 100, Fokker 28
US Airways ExpressDayton, Indianapolis, PittsburghMetro III, Jetstream 31, Saab 340, Dash 8-100/200, ERJ 145, Dornier 328Operated by Trans States Airlines, Jetstream Int'l / PSA Airlines, Allegheny Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Shuttle America
Vision AirlinesMyrtle BeachBoeing 737-4006/1 – June 29, 2012


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