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Meadows Field
Kern County Airport #1
BFL - FAA airport diagram.gif
IATA: BFLICAO: KBFLFAA: BFL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Kern County
Location Bakersfield, California
Elevation AMSL 507 ft / 154.5 m
Coordinates 35°26′01″N 119°03′24″W / 35.43361°N 119.05667°W / 35.43361; -119.05667
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12L/30R 10,857 3,309 Asphalt
12R/30L 7,700 2,346 Asphalt

Meadows Field (IATA: BFLICAO: KBFLFAA LID: BFL) is the primary airport of Bakersfield, California and is owned by Kern County. Meadows Field is also called Kern County Airport #1. The airport covers 1,357 acres (549 ha) and has two runways, the longer which is the 3rd longest private runway in California behind LAX and SFO.

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History

The first airport in 1925 "Kern County Airport No. 1" was developed under auspices of the Kern County Chamber of Commerce near Highway 99, about a mile west of the present site of Meadows Field.

By Board Minute Order of August 6, 1957 the name of Kern County Airport No. 1 was changed to Meadows Field in memory of Cecil Meadows, a World War II pilot who visioned the airport.

In 1957, A terminal building was opened. Throughout the years, the terminal would have airlines come and go. In February 2006, The terminal was replaced by the "William M. Thomas" Terminal. The airport includes jet bridges, an indoor luggage carousel, restaurant, etc. The former terminal was transformed into an international terminal with a newly constructed customs facility adjacent to it.

The economic crisis of 2008 resulted in fewer commercial flights to and from Meadows Field. Continental Express discontinued Houston service Delta Connection stopped Salt Lake City flights, ExpressJet Airlines ended service to Sacramento and San Diego, and Mexicana Airlines ended service to Guadalajara.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Phoenix

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