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University Park Airport (IATA: SCE, ICAO: KUNV, FAA LID: SCE) is a public airport in Benner Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, serving State College and Bellefonte. UNV covers 1,091 acres (442 ha) and has one runway.[1]

University Park Airport
University Park Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerPennsylvania State University
OperatorPennsylvania State University
ServesHappy Valley
LocationState College, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL1,239 ft / 378 m
Coordinates40°50′57″N 77°50′55″W / 40.84917°N 77.84861°W / 40.84917; -77.84861
University Park Airport is located in Pennsylvania
University Park Airport
University Park Airport
University Park Airport is located in the United States
University Park Airport
University Park Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,701 2,042 Asphalt
Aircraft Movements10,198

The airport is owned by The Pennsylvania State University, but the terminal building and parking areas are owned and operated by the Centre County Airport Authority.[2] It is currently served by Allegiant Air, United Express, Delta Connection, and American Eagle, connecting to hubs in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.


In the 1950s a small airport was built on land leased from Penn State, just north of State College. The Centre County Airport Authority was created to manage the development of the airport. The October 1959 chart shows 2350-foot runway 6; the August 1965 chart shows 3000 feet; the November 1967 chart adds 2350-foot runway 16. (The intersection of those two 50-foot runways is still visible at 40°50′57″N 77°51′11″W / 40.8492°N 77.85315°W / 40.8492; -77.85315). The present runway was built parallel to the old runway 6 about 1975-76; it was then 5000 feet long.

The first airline flights (All American DC-3s) at State College were at the old airport southwest of town 40°46′13″N 77°52′53″W / 40.7704°N 77.8815°W / 40.7704; -77.8815 from 1949 to 1951. In 1965 Harrisburg Commuter began flights from State College to Harrisburg, two flights each weekday; the 1965 OAG doesn't spell out which airport they used, but starting in 1978 Allegheny Commuter flights were at University Park.

Penn State assumed the lease and assets of the airport in 1972.[3] A permanent passenger terminal was built in 1985.[1] A new passenger terminal was completed in 1993, and cargo operations moved to the old terminal. In 1997 the runway was lengthened to 6,701 ft (2,042 m).[4] A new general aviation hangar was built in 2001.[5]

Construction on the new control tower began on January 8, 2010[6] and was completed in early August 2011. The Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) went operational on September 1, 2011 and is operated by Midwest Air Traffic Control under the Federal Contract Tower Program.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says in 2018 there were 153,737 enplanements, making University Park Airport the 6th busiest airport in Pennsylvania.


Services include a fixed-base operator (FBO), fuel, flight planning services, aircraft repair, and hangar rental. The terminal has a snack bar, free Wi-Fi, charging stations for mobile devices, a pilot lounge, and conference rooms. Taxi, limousine services and car rentals are available. The airport does not have jet bridges, and all aircraft board from ground-level hardstands.

Ground handling for the airlines is contracted out to third parties. Fuelling is managed by Woodward Aviation. Delta Air Lines is serviced by SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines is serviced by CommutAir and Air Wisconsin, and American Airlines is serviced by Piedmont Airlines. Private aircraft are serviced by fixed-base operator Penn State Aviation Center.[7]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater (both begin October 18, 2019) [8][9]
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare,[10] Philadelphia
Delta Connection Detroit
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles


FedEx Feeder Pittsburgh


Top destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from SCE (Jan 2018 – Dec 2018)[11]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 46,590 American
2 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 38,230 United
3 Detroit, Michigan 37,010 Delta
4 Washington–Dulles, Virginia 28,700 United

Annual TrafficEdit

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2019 - 2013 229,923
2018 298,800 2012 230,121
2017 267,530 2011 213,929
2016 262,260 2010 211,154
2015 277,128 2009 209,777
2014 270,891 2008 201,898


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for UNV (Form 5010 PDF), effective June 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Comprehensive Plan of the Nittany Valley Region Archived 2005-03-08 at the Wayback Machine Center County September 16, 2004, retrieved April 6, 2006
  3. ^ An Illustrated History of Penn State Archived 2008-03-05 at the Wayback Machine Michael Bezilla 1985, retrieved April 6, 2006
  4. ^ University Park Airport Receives $3.8 Million Federal Grant[permanent dead link] The Business Journal August 30, 2004, retrieved April 6, 2006
  5. ^ Poole Anderson Construction – PSU Archived 2007-05-18 at the Wayback Machine 2002, retrieved April 6, 2006
  6. ^ Construction Begins On University Park Airport Control Tower WTAJ TV January 2010, retrieved February 20, 2010
  7. ^ "PSU Aviation Center". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  8. ^ Shannon, Bill (June 18, 2019). "Allegiant to add service from University Park Airport". WTAJ-TV.
  9. ^ Danielson, Richard (June 18, 2019). "Allegiant adding flights from St. Pete-Clearwater airport to State College, Pa., and Traverse City, Mich". Tampa Bay Times.
  10. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "American Airlines schedules additional domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  11. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats".

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