Elmira Corning Regional Airport

Elmira/Corning Regional Airport[1][2] (IATA: ELM, ICAO: KELM, FAA LID: ELM) is a county-owned public airport in Chemung County, New York,[1] seven miles northwest of Elmira[1] and eight miles east of Corning. It is in the town of Big Flats but its mailing address is Horseheads, New York. The airport was formerly Elmira Regional Airport.

Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Elmira Corning Regional Airport Logo.jpg
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USGS aerial image – 22 April 1994
Airport typePublic
OwnerCounty of Chemung
ServesElmira, New York, Corning, New York
LocationBig Flats / Horseheads
Elevation AMSL954 ft / 291 m
Coordinates42°09′36″N 076°53′30″W / 42.16000°N 76.89167°W / 42.16000; -76.89167
ELM is located in New York
Location of airport in New York / United States
ELM is located in the United States
ELM (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 8,001 2,439 Asphalt
10/28 5,404 1,647 Asphalt
5/23 2,017 615 Turf
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations22,164
Based aircraft33
FAA diagram

Situated just north of the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86), the airport serves the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania with commercial flights, general aviation, and glider activities. Other airports in the area include Greater Binghamton Airport and Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, with Greater Rochester International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport lying farther afield.


The airport covers 1,000 acres (400 ha) at an elevation of 954 feet (291 m). It has three runways: 6/24 is 8,001 by 150 feet (2,439 x 46 m) asphalt; 10/28 is 5,404 by 150 feet (1,647 x 46 m) asphalt; 5/23 is 2,017 by 150 feet (615 x 46 m) turf.[1]

The airport had three paved runways of about 4000 foot length in a north–south, east–west and northeast–southwest orientation in the early years, but the northeast–southwest runway was up to 4702 feet in length by 1960 (if not before), was extended to 5604 feet by the 1960s with subsequent extensions to 7000 feet and 7600 feet before its present length of 8001 feet. The east–west runway was extended to about 5200 feet by the early 1980s and the north–south runway was abandoned and the additional roughly 200 feet of the east–west runway was added by converting part of the overrun on the east end of the runway to usable pavement (for takeoff), but then the landing threshold was displaced about 400 feet.

In the year ending June 30, 2013 the airport had 22,164 aircraft operations, average 61 per day: 51% general aviation, 33% air taxi, 13% airline and 2% military. 33 aircraft were then based at the airport: 52% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 30% jet, and 3% helicopter.[1] Airport services include free wireless Internet, automatic teller machines (ATM), conference rooms, and a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant.


Ultra low-cost carrier Allegiant Air operates the only scheduled mainline airliners from the airport: Airbus A319 & Airbus A320.[3] Delta Connection service is flown with Canadair CRJ-200s, CRJ-700s, and CRJ-900s.

Mohawk /Allegheny/USAir flew to Elmira until 2001 when its affiliate took over; the first jets were Mohawk BAC-111s in 1965. The airport also saw service from Capital Airlines, which merged with United in 1961; United dropped mainline service to Elmira in 1966.

United Airlines offered regional flights to Chicago-O’hare starting from 2014 but the service was ultimately cut in 2016. In 2018, United served a new route to Newark. The route was eventually switched to serve Washington-Dulles, which ended service on January 6, 2020. Currently, Elmira is not served by United Airlines.

Fixed-base operatorsEdit

General aviation facilities are in a separate terminal away from the commercial services. Atlantic Aviation has services such as fueling, landing fees, hangar space for all non commercial aircraft. First Flight has worldwide aircraft charters, management, and other services. FirstAir has many different aircraft for any charter need and a flight school; Skyline Air offers professional flight training.

Wings of EaglesEdit

An aviation museum, the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, is near the airport.[4] The museum features about 20 display aircraft or full-size replicas.


In 2016 the airport received a $40 million grant from the state of New York for a major redesign.[5] The improvements aimed to increase airport passenger space, add two new jet bridges, 300 parking spaces, and a 3,000 square foot bar and restaurant. On November 2, 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the renovations were complete.[6]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach,[7] Punta Gorda (FL)
Delta Connection Detroit


Ameriflight Buffalo
FedEx Feeder Rochester (NY), State College
Quest Diagnostics Syracuse, Reading


Top destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from ELM
(August 2017 - July 2018)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1   Detroit, Michigan 81,000 Delta
2   Orlando/Sanford, Florida 25,000 Allegiant
3   St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 17,000 Allegiant
4   Newark, New Jersey 6,000 United
5   Atlanta, Georgia 1,000 Delta

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On June 23, 1967, Mohawk Airlines Flight 40, operated with a British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven jet, crashed in Blossburg, Pennsylvania, shortly after taking off from Elmira/Corning, killing all 34 persons (30 passengers and 4 crew) on board.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for ELM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 2013-10-17.
  2. ^ "Elmira/Corning Regional Airport" (PDF).. New York State Department of Transportation. Accessed 13 October 2009.
  3. ^ allegiantair.com
  4. ^ Wings of Eagles website. Accessed 13 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces $58 Million Transformation of Elmira Corning Regional Airport". Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. September 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $61.5 Million Modernization of Elmira Corning Regional Airport". Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. November 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "Allegiant Announces Largest Service Expansion In Company History With 3 New Cities And 44 Nonstop Routes". Allegiant Airlines.
  8. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats".
  9. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Accessed 13 October 2009.

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