Pierce County Airport

Pierce County Airport, (ICAO: KPLU, FAA LID: PLU), also known as Thun Field, is a county-owned public-use airport located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) south of the central business district of Puyallup, Washington, a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States.[1] It is located in the CDP South Hill, Washington. 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 local general aviation facility.[2] There is no commercial airline at this airport, the closest airport with commercial airline service is Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, about 24 miles (39 km) to the north.

Pierce County Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerPierce County, Washington
ServesPuyallup, Washington
LocationSouth Hill, Washington
Elevation AMSL537.5 ft / 164 m
Coordinates47°06′14″N 122°17′14″W / 47.10389°N 122.28722°W / 47.10389; -122.28722Coordinates: 47°06′14″N 122°17′14″W / 47.10389°N 122.28722°W / 47.10389; -122.28722
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 3,650 1,113 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016)100,000
Based aircraft (2019)253

Many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA. However, this airport is assigned PLU by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Pierce County Airport covers an area of 200 acres (80.9 ha) at an elevation of 537 feet (164 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt runway: 17/35 is 3,650 by 60 feet (1,114 x 18 m) with runway edge lights and PAPIs on both ends.[1]

In 2016, the airport had 100,000 aircraft operations, an average of 274 per day: 96% general aviation and 3% air taxi. In August 2019, there was 253 aircraft based at this airport: 242 single-engine and 11 multi-engine.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PLU (Form 5010 PDF), effective August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "NPIAS Report 2019-2023 Appendix A" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.

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