Pensacola International Airport
Pensacola International Airport (IATA: PNS, ICAO: KPNS, FAA LID: PNS), formerly Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport and Pensacola Regional Airport (Hagler Field), is a public use airport three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Pensacola, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the City of Pensacola. Despite its name, the airport does not offer scheduled international flights, though chartered international flights are not uncommon. This airport is one of the five major airports in North Florida, and among these is the second busiest by passenger count, only behind Jacksonville. The other airports in the North Florida region being: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Tallahassee International Airport, and Jacksonville International Airport.
Pensacola International Airport
|Owner||City of Pensacola|
|Elevation AMSL||121 ft / 37 m|
FAA airport diagram
It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 771,917 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 694,786 enplanements in 2009, and 729,748 in 2010. In 2018, the airport served 1.9 million passengers.
In 1935, a passenger terminal opened, and airline service began two years later. Atlantic and Gulf Airlines went out of business a few months later after failing to get an airmail contract. In 1938 National Airlines began flights to Mobile and Jacksonville. From 1940 to 1945, the airport was a U.S. Navy training facility; the Navy built a control tower and added a fourth runway. In 1947 Eastern Air Lines began service out of Pensacola, and in 1952 a modern terminal replaced the original one. The airport was then dedicated to L.C. Hagler, the former mayor of Pensacola. In 1968 Eastern began the first scheduled jet service from Pensacola.
In 1978, after deregulation of the airline industry, several airlines began serving Pensacola, including Continental and Delta. In 1978 a National Airlines Boeing 727 crashed into Escambia Bay while on approach for landing, the first fatal airline accident in the area. In 1979 US Airways, then called USAir, arrived at Pensacola. In 1990 the current terminal was built and AirTran Airways began jet service in 2001. In 2005 United Express began service out of Pensacola. After stopping service to Pensacola in the 1990s, American Airlines (operating as American Eagle) began service again in Pensacola in 2004. Southwest Airlines initiated service to Pensacola in 2013 after purchasing Airtran Airways. Frontier Airlines initiated service at Pensacola in 2018.
Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward announced on November 9, 2011 that the airport would change its name from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport to Pensacola International Airport effective immediately.
Facilities and aircraftEdit
Pensacola International Airport covers an area of 1,211 acres (490 ha) at an elevation of 121 feet (37 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 17/35 is 7,004 by 150 feet (2,135 x 46 m) with a concrete surface; 8/26 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface.
Runway 17 has an instrument landing system and approach lights, while the Runway 26 approach has a localizer approach. A 1,000 ft. extension to the east end of Runway 8/26 was completed in 2006. The airport hopes to extend Runway 17/35 to about 8,500 ft.
The airport's two war-era diagonal runways were decommissioned in the 1960s.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 117,413 aircraft operations, an average of 321 per day: 56% general aviation, 22% military, 11% commercial, and 10% air taxi. In January 2018, there were 102 aircraft based at this airport: 71 single-engine, 13 multi-engine, 16 jet, and 2 helicopter.
Pensacola has one passenger terminal with 12 gates, built in the early 1990s. Gates 1 through 10 are located on the 2nd floor, while Gates 11 and 12 are located on the ground floor.
- American: 5, 7, 9
- Delta: 2, 4
- Silver: 11
- Southwest: 10
- United: 3, 1
- Frontier: 6
Gate 8 is an open gate that is used by charter flights, diversions, or any airline that needs to use another gate.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
UPS Airlines is the only major cargo carrier at the airport currently. UPS flies 2 flights into Pensacola, 4 days out of the week, Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday, UPS only flies one flight to Pensacola. Suburban Air Freight operates daily flights to Atlanta with a Beech 1900C. Ameriflight operated daily feeder flights for UPS to Mobile Downtown Airport and Gulfport International Airport with the Swearingen Fairchild SA227-AT Metro until July 16, 2016. As of July 18, 2016, Martinaire took over feeder service from Ameriflight with the Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster.
|UPS Airlines||Albany (GA), Louisville, Birmingham (AL), New Orleans, Orlando|
|Suburban Air Freight||Atlanta|
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||126,210||American|
|3||Charlotte, North Carolina||97,410||American|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
On December 27, 1987 an Eastern Airlines DC-9-31 made a hard landing and split its fuselage open just aft of its wing root. No one was seriously injured in the accident but the aircraft was written off.
On July 6, 1996, Delta Air Lines Flight 1288, an MD-88, experienced an uncontained engine failure during takeoff on runway 17. Fragments from the number one (left) Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 turbofan engine penetrated the fuselage, killing two and seriously injuring one of the 148 people on board.
Pensacola International is protected by several local and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies. Specifically, they are served by:
- Pensacola Police Department
- Transportation Security Administration
- Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) is provided by the Pensacola Fire Department, who operate out of one fire station on the premises.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection – The largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
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- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
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- "RITA BTS Transtats – PNS". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
- "Eastern Jet's fuselage cracks wide open during bumpy landing in Pensacola".
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- Pensacola International Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of November 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective May 23, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PNS, effective May 23, 2019
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