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Coordinates: 43°36′26″N 110°44′16″W / 43.60722°N 110.73778°W / 43.60722; -110.73778

Jackson Hole Airport
Jackson hole airport aerial closeup.jpg
IATA: JACICAO: KJACFAA: JAC
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Jackson Hole Airport Board
Serves Jackson, Wyoming
Elevation AMSL 6,451 ft / 1,966 m
Website www.JacksonHoleAirport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
1/19 6,300 1,920 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 33,259
Based aircraft 52
Cattle Shipped 15,342
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

Jackson Hole Airport (IATA: JACICAO: KJACFAA LID: JAC) is a public airport located seven miles (11 km) north of the central business district of Jackson, a town in Teton County, Wyoming, United States. It is owned by the Jackson Hole Airport Board.[2]

It is one of two airports in the United States located inside a national park, in this case Grand Teton (the other airport is Provincetown Municipal Airport in Massachusetts). A large fraction of air travellers headed to Grand Teton National Park or nearby Yellowstone National Park and western Wyoming go through the airport. The airport at one time had an unusual terminal building resembling a pioneer log cabin which blended with the surrounding environment and served to attract visitors. In 2009-2010 a major $30 million terminal expansion project is underway, the design however still blending with the unique surroundings of the national park and Jackson Hole preservation area.[1]

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History

The airport was created in the 1930s as the best place to put an airport in Teton County. The airport was declared a national monument in 1943, and merged with Grand Teton National Park in 1950. In 1959 the runway was extended to its current length to better accommodate larger planes, especially the DC-3. In the 1960s and 1970s, the possibility of extending the runway to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) to accommodate jet aircraft was considered. Strong opposition from the National Park Service over noise and other environmental effects prevented such an extension. However, development of better jet engines in the late 1970s made it possible to land jets on the existing runway. Being inside a national park and the Jackson Hole area, the region is very noise sensitive and the airport currently allows only stage III jet aircraft which have newer, quieter engines. The airport is a popular mating ground to the rare Sage Grouse. Currently, it is the busiest commercial airport in Wyoming.[3] On December 20, 2000, Sandra Bullock survived the crash of a chartered business jet at Jackson Hole Airport. The aircraft hit a snowbank instead of the runway, shearing off the nose gear and nose cone and damaging the wings[4].

Facilities and aircraft

Ramp at Jackson Hole Airport

Jackson Hole Airport covers an area of 533 acres (216 ha) which contains one runway designated 1/19 with a 6,300 x 150 ft (1,920 x 46 m) asphalt pavement. For the 12-month period ending August 30, 2008, the airport had 30,865 aircraft operations, an average of 85 per day: 52% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 22% scheduled commercial and <1% military. There are 52 aircraft based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, 21% jet, 3% glider, and 1% cattle cargo.[2] Jackson Hole Airport is very noise sensitive being in a national park, and has a ban on aircraft with stage-II engines which are older, noisier jet engines. Few aircraft for charter are based at Jackson Hole Airport.[5] New Flight Charters has a Cessna T206 based there and several other charter aircraft nearby for departures from Jackson Hole Airport.[6]

Boeing 757 Delta KJAC.JPG

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare [seasonal], Dallas/Fort Worth [seasonal]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [seasonal], Minneapolis/St. Paul [seasonal], Salt Lake City
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines Salt Lake City
Frontier Airlines operated by Lynx Aviation Denver [seasonal]
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare [seasonal], Denver [seasonal], Los Angeles [seasonal]
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Denver [Seasonal], Los Angeles [seasonal; begins June 10]

Other services

  • Jackson Hole Aviation private aviation services
  • New Flight Charters private jet and aircraft charters
  • Flight Services of Jackson Hole aircraft rentals and flight instruction

Images

References

  1. ^ a b Jackson Hole Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for JAC (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  3. ^ Jackson Hole Airport: History
  4. ^ "Bullock safe after plane crash". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1081111.stm. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ AirNav: Jackson Hole Airport
  6. ^ New Flight Charters: Jackson Hole Airport

External links

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