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Joplin Regional Airport (IATA: JLN, ICAO: KJLN, FAA LID: JLN) is a city-owned airport four miles (6.4 km) north of Joplin, in Jasper County, Missouri, United States.[1] It has airline service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

Joplin Regional Airport (JLN)
Joplin Regional Airport Logo.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Joplin
ServesJoplin, Missouri, U.S.
Elevation AMSL981 ft / 299 m
Coordinates37°09′06″N 094°29′54″W / 37.15167°N 94.49833°W / 37.15167; -94.49833Coordinates: 37°09′06″N 094°29′54″W / 37.15167°N 94.49833°W / 37.15167; -94.49833
Airport Diagram
Airport Diagram
JLN is located in Missouri
Location of airport in Missouri
JLN is located in the United States
JLN (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,501 1,982 Asphalt
18/36 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2017)24,600
Based aircraft (2019)128

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 26,380 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2014,[2] and 28,302 in 2015.[3] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[4]



An American Eagle (Executive Airlines) ATR-72 arrives operating American's inaugural flight to Joplin (2011)
A pair of American Eagle (Envoy Air) Embraer aircraft await return to Dallas/Fort Worth (2017)

In the 1990s and early to mid-2000s Joplin had flights to St. Louis, Missouri by RegionsAir ("AmericanConnection") and to Memphis, Tennessee by Mesaba Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines ("Northwest Airlink").[5][6]

Air Midwest commenced service to Kansas City International Airport on August 1, 2006 (operating as US Airways Express)[7] The airline also started flying to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on October 5, 2006 (operating as Mesa Airlines).[8]

In 2007 Great Lakes Airlines began EAS-subsidised service to Kansas City International Airport after the end of commercial service by Mesa Airlines. The airline flew under its own certificate, but flights were code-shares with United Airlines. Air Midwest ended service to Joplin in 2009.[9] Great Lakes Airlines ended service on February 10, 2011, the day before American Eagle Airlines began daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Joplin.

On February 11, 2011, American Airlines, operated by American Eagle as Executive Airlines began service between Joplin and Dallas/Fort Worth.[9]

Executive Airlines has terminated service to Joplin as American Eagle operated by Envoy Air and Mesa Airlines now operate regional jets to Dallas/Fort Worth.

American Airlines flew to Joplin from the 1940s until 1963; the first jets were Ozark DC-9s in 1968.


The airport covers 970 acres (390 ha) at an elevation of 981 feet (299 m). It has two asphalt runways: 13/31 is 6,501 by 150 feet (1,982 × 46 m) and 18/36 is 6,500 by 100 feet (1,981 × 30 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 24,600 aircraft operations, an average of 67 per day: 93% general aviation, 6% airline, and <1% military. In January 2019 there were 128 aircraft were then based at the airport: 105 single-engine, 10 multi-engine, 8 jets, 2 helicopters, and 3 ultralights.[1]

The fixed based operators (FBOs) at Joplin Regional Airport are Alpha Air Center and Mizzou Aviation, both located near the General Aviation terminal.

Airline and destinationsEdit


American Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth


Carrier sharesEdit

Carrier shares: (Oct 2017 – Sep 2018)[10]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Envoy Air

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from JLN (Oct 2017 – Sep 2018)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers (2018) Passengers (2017) Change Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 39,780 32,530 1.22% American


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for JLN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective January 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2014" (PDF). CY 2014 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF, 1.0 MB) on July 5, 2016. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2015" (PDF). CY 2015 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF, 189 KB) on July 5, 2016. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. p. 109. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "TWA North America Destinations" (PDF). Trans World Airlines ( Archived from the original (PDF) on November 25, 2001.
  6. ^ "TWExpress Midwest Routes" (PDF). Trans World Airlines ( Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2001.
  7. ^ "Mesa Air Group Begins Service at Joplin, Missouri as US Airways Express". Press Release. Mesa Air Group. August 1, 2006.
  8. ^ "Mesa Air Group Announces Additional Nonstop Service From Joplin to Dallas/Ft Worth". Press Release. Mesa Air Group. August 1, 2006.
  9. ^ a b "American begins air service in Joplin on Feb. 11". Joplin Independent. January 16, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "BTS Transtats - JLN". Retrieved 4 January 2019.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2006-23932) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2006-5-11 (May 12, 2006): selecting Air Midwest, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Joplin, Missouri, for a two-year period at a subsidy of $849,757 annually.
    • Order 2008-7-8 (July 3, 2008): selecting Great Lakes Airlines, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Grand Island, Nebraska; Joplin, Missouri; El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, and Hot Springs, Arkansas; at a combined annual subsidy of $9,159,331 ($2,271,640 for Grand Island, $2,311,637 for El Dorado/Camden, $1,587,067 for Harrison, $1,991,307 for Hot Springs, and $997,680 for Joplin), for a two-year period beginning when Great Lakes inaugurates full EAS through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
    • Order 2010-9-9 (September 8, 2010): selecting Executive Airlines d/b/a American Eagle Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Joplin, Missouri, for an annual subsidy of $2,778,756, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates service.

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