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Presque Isle International Airport (IATA: PQI, ICAO: KPQI, FAA LID: PQI), formally Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle[4] is a mile northwest of Presque Isle, in Aroostook County, Maine, United States.[2] It serves the residents of Presque Isle and a vast area of northern Maine and northwestern New Brunswick. Airline flights to Newark Liberty International Airport are subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $3,892,174 (per year).[5]

Presque Isle International Airport
Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (logo).png
Presque Isle Air Force Base Maine-9 May 1996.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Presque Isle
ServesPresque Isle, Maine
Elevation AMSL534 ft / 163 m
Coordinates46°41′20″N 068°02′41″W / 46.68889°N 68.04472°W / 46.68889; -68.04472Coordinates: 46°41′20″N 068°02′41″W / 46.68889°N 68.04472°W / 46.68889; -68.04472 Edit this at Wikidata
PQI is located in Maine
Location of airport in Maine / United States
PQI is located in the United States
PQI (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 7,439 2,267 Asphalt
10/28 5,994 1,827 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2015)5,750
Based aircraft (2018)25
Total passengers (12 months ending Mar 2018)26,000
Sources: Airport website,[1] FAA,[2] and BTS[3]
Runway 1 at night

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 13,385 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[6] 13,513 in 2009 and 15,052 in 2010.[7] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[8]

The airport has the third longest active runway in Maine at 7439' (behind Bangor International Airport, 11,440' and Brunswick Executive Airport, formerly Naval Air Station Brunswick runway 1R/19L, 8000'), and fifth longest overall (after the Loring Commerce Centre, formerly Loring Air Force Base (runway closed), 12,100', and Brunswick Executive Airport 1L/19R (runway closed), 8000'). It was once hub to Aroostook Airways, a commuter airline in the 1970s, with service to several cities throughout New England.[9]


World War IIEdit

During World War II the federal government appropriated the airport, establishing an air base for planes bound to and from Great Britain. Lane Construction of Hampden, was one of the contractors who worked on upgrading the airport for the military. Almost overnight, Presque Isle Army Airfield became a vital air transport installation and the city found itself a busy war center. During the Second World War, Clark Gable was briefly stationed at Presque Isle before being sent to England. Operations during this period were described by Ernest K. Gann, based upon his personal experiences in the Air Transport Command, in his book, Fate Is the Hunter.

Post warEdit

When the United States Air Force closed Presque Isle Air Force Base in 1961, the former Air Force Base was redeveloped. Presque Isle is home the University of Maine at Presque Isle, as well as the Northern Maine Community College. Scheduled commercial air service is available through Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. General aviation services are available through both Northern Maine Regional Airport and Caribou Municipal Airport.

In addition, the Skyway Industrial Park sits adjacent to Northern Maine Regional Airport which offers commercial airline as well as general aviation services to the entire region. FedEx and United Parcel Service augment park accessibility by air to and from major markets.

Skyway Industrial Park, owned by the city of Presque Isle and administered by the Presque Isle Industrial Council, has been attractive to a variety of new businesses. To date, over 40 companies have located on the park. The park consists of 440 acres (1.8 km2), of which 175 is prime industrial land served by all utilities, streets, subdivided and available for further development. Located adjacent to the airport and within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of downtown, the park has become a dominant feature in the local and regional economy.


The airport covers 1,489 acres (603 ha) at an elevation of 534 feet (163 m). It has two asphalt runways: 1/19 is 7,439 by 150 feet (2,267 x 46 m) and 10/28 is 5,994 by 100 feet (1,827 x 30 m).[2]

In the year ending July 31, 2015 the airport had 5,750 aircraft operations, an average of 16 per day: 30% general aviation, 31% airline, 38% air taxi, and 1% military. In June 2018, there were 24 aircraft based at the airport: 20 single-engine, 4 multi-engine, and 1 jet.[2]

Aircraft servicing Presque Isle include Cessna 208 Caravans and Beechcraft C99s operated by Wiggins Airways. Passenger service is offered with CommutAir, which operates Embraer ERJ family aircraft for United Express.

Airline and destinationEdit


United Express Newark[10]


FedEx Feeder
operated by Wiggins Airways
Manchester (NH), Portland (ME)


Carrier sharesEdit

Carrier shares: (Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)[3]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from PQI (Apr 2017 – Mar 2018)[3]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Boston, Massachusetts 12,610 PenAir


On March 4th 2019 at 11:30 AM, United Express flight 4933, operated by CommutAir, arriving from Newark Liberty International Airport slid off the runway, injuring 5 people and damaging the aircraft. The NTSB dispatched a team to investigate the incident. [11]


  1. ^ Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle, official site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PQI (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective June 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "OST_R BTS Transtats - PQI". March 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Name of Northern Maine Regional Airport changing". Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Essential Air Service Reports". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  8. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "". 1972-09-15. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Desk, News. "UPDATE: United Express flight has issue while landing at Presque Isle International Airport". Retrieved 2019-03-05.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2000-8012) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2004-10-16 (October 25, 2004): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Presque Isle/Houlton, Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor and Rockland, Maine, for a two-year period at a combined annual subsidy rate of $4,312,849.
    • Order 2006-8-24 (August 25, 2006): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., operating as US Airways Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Presque Isle/Houlton, Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor, and Rockland, Maine, at a total annual subsidy rate of $4,774,068 ($3,572,592 for Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor, and Rockland; $1,201,476 for Presque Isle/Houlton), for the two-year period of November 1, 2006, through October 31, 2008.
    • Order 2008-5-23 (May 19, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc., operating as US Airways Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Presque Isle/Houlton, Maine, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,643,588, for the two-year period of May 15, 2008, through May 31, 2010.
    • Order 2010-6-5 (June 2, 2010): selecting Colgan Air Inc., operating as US Airways Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Presque Isle, Maine, for an annual subsidy of $2,812,853 for the two-year period from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2012.
    • Order 2012-3-2 (March 2, 2012): selecting PenAir to provide EAS at Presque Isle and Plattsburgh using 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft. At Presque Isle, PenAir will provide 19 weekly round trips for an annual subsidy rate of $4,341,967 for the first 6 months after full EAS commences and an annual subsidy rate of $3,892,174 for the 18 months thereafter.

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