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Erie International Airport
Tom Ridge Field
ERI logo.png
IATA: ERIICAO: KERI
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Erie Municipal Airport Authority
Location Erie, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL 733 ft / 223.4 m
Coordinates 42°04′55″N 80°10′34″W / 42.08194°N 80.17611°W / 42.08194; -80.17611
Website www.erieairport.org
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,500 1,981 Asphalt/Concrete
2/20 3,507 1,069 Asphalt
Statistics
Passengers (2007) 142,785 11%

Erie International Airport / Tom Ridge Field (IATA: ERIICAO: KERI) is a public airport serving northwestern Pennsylvania and is located five miles (8 km) southwest of the central business district (CBD) of Erie, a city in Erie County. It features commercial service by regional airlines, connecting passengers to hubs in the northeast, midwest, and southeast. The airport faces stiff competition from the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo airports, all of which are within two hours of Erie via ground transport. The airport was recognized in 2004 as the third fastest growing airport in the United States, and the fastest growing airport in Pennsylvania.[1]

Contents

History

Prior to the events of September 11, 2001, the airport was at its height with US Airways mainline jets offering service to Pittsburgh and international service to Toronto. [2][3]After 9/11, US Airways transitioned from 737s and DC-9s to regional jet service.[4] As air service rebounded in the mid 2000's, the airport offered service on US Airways Express to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Charlotte; Northwest Airlink to Detroit; Continental Connection to Cleveland; and Delta Connection to Cincinnati and Atlanta. The airport is reportedly looking to expand service to New York, Chicago, and many other cities. The airport has been served by many airlines over the years.[5] US Airways discontinued Charlotte service in 2006. Delta Air Lines discontinued service to Atlanta on 6 September 2007. In early 2008, US Airways discontinued Erie-Pittsburgh service. As of August 2008, US Airways Express service has been reduced to three flights a day to Philadelphia; Northwest Airlink offers five flights a day to Detroit; and Continental Connection offers four flights a day to Cleveland. As is the case across the country, the high cost of fuel is causing airlines to reduce regional flying and cut routes to smaller airports such as Erie.

Current News

Erie International is in the process of a major expansion program. The plan includes expanding runway 6/24, establishing a relationship with an airport in Germany to create a major cargo bridge, and attracting new airlines offering service to more destinations. The terminal is very navigable and has virtually no wait at the security check-point. About 200,000 people used the airport in 2006, and that is down 14% due to airlines cutting back on seats.

Facilities

Erie International/Tom Ridge Field covers 450 acres (182 ha) and has two runways:

  • Runway 2/20: 3,507 x 150 ft (1,069 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 6/24: 6,500 x 150 ft (1,981 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete

Airlines and destinations

The last DC-9 to fly for US Air arriving at Erie International Airport.
Airlines Destinations
Continental Connection operated by CommutAir Cleveland
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Detroit
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin Philadelphia
US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines Philadelphia

Accidents/Incidents

  • In 1986 USAir Flight 499, a DC-9, from Toronto Pearson landed on snow covered runway 24, and slid off the runway to rest over Asbury Road on the western perimeter of the airport.[6]
  • In 1984, a USAir chartered flight, an MD-80 carrying a football team, landed in snowy conditions on a soft patch of land next to the runway.[7]

References

  1. ^ Erie Times Article, Fastest Growing
  2. ^ Canadian 737 Parked at Terminal.
  3. ^ NTSB Accident Report involving a scheduled USAir flight from Toronto.
  4. ^ US Airways 737 at terminal.
  5. ^ Photos showing multiple airlines at airport.
  6. ^ NTSB Accident Report
  7. ^ NTSB Accident Report

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