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Coordinates: 40°30′32″N 122°17′36″W / 40.50889°N 122.29333°W / 40.50889; -122.29333

Redding Municipal Airport
RDD - FAA airport diagram.gif
FAA airport diagram
IATA: RDDICAO: KRDDFAA: RDD
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Redding
Serves Redding, California
Elevation AMSL 505 ft / 154 m
Coordinates 40°30′32″N 122°17′36″W / 40.50889°N 122.29333°W / 40.50889; -122.29333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 7,003 2,135 Asphalt
12/30 5,067 1,544 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 77,211
Based aircraft 181
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Redding Municipal Airport (IATA: RDDICAO: KRDDFAA LID: RDD) is a city-owned public-use airport located six miles (10 km) southeast of the central business district of Redding, a city in Shasta County, California, United States.[1] It is one of two airports located in the City of Redding, the other being Benton Airpark.[2] The airport is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by two commercial airlines.

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History

Redding Municipal Airport, 9 October 1998

In 1942, the site of Redding Army Airfield was acquired by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the United States Army Air Forces. Initially Redding AAF was a sub-base for Chico AAF and garrisoned by the 433d Army Air Force Base Unit. It was under the overall command of Fourth Air Force at Hamiltion AAF.

The overall mission of Redding Army Airfield was advanced flight training of new airmen prior to their deployment overseas into the combat zoned of the Pacific, China, Mediterranean or European Theaters. The USAAF 339th Fighter Squadron, 369th Fighter Group operated P-39 Airacobras from the airfield to perform that mission.

On 1 November 1944, operational control of Redding AAF was transferred from the Fourth Air Force to the Sacramento Area Command of the Army Air Forces’ Air Technical Service Command headquartered at McClellan Army Airfield near Sacramento. The host unit was redesignated as the 4191st Army Air Force Base Unit. The mission was changed from training air crews to that of a refueling and maintenance facility for transient aircraft, which it remained until the end of the war.

On 19 December 1945 the military declared Redding AAF to be excess to requirements, and on 18 November 1946 the facility was turned over to the City of Redding to operate a civil airfield on the site. Final transfer of the facility was in 1949, ending military ownership of the airfield.

Today, the City of Redding continues to operate the site as Redding Municipal Airport and has embarked on a major commercial development of the Site.[3]

On July 17, 2008, President George Bush and staff landed at The Redding Airport in Air Force One. The purpose of the trip was to allow the president to survey and evaluate the damage done by northstate wildfires.[4]

Facilities and aircraft

The Redding Airport terminal

Redding Municipal Airport covers an area of 1,584 acres (641 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 16/34 measuring 7,003 x 150 ft (2,135 x 46 m) and 12/30 measuring 5,067 x 150 ft (1,544 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 77,211 aircraft operations, an average of 211 per day: 80% general aviation, 16% air taxi, 3% scheduled commercial and 1% military (781). There are 181 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 7% helicopter and 3% jet.[1]

Expansion plans

The City of Redding is looking into expanding Redding Municipal Airport. The airport now imposes a $4.50 fee for expansion of the terminal, rehabilitation of two taxiways, and a better safety buffer. The airport needs to raise at least $10.8 million for these projects. The amount of passengers has increased due to the Horizon Air flight to Los Angeles. Airport staff have made efforts to arrange United Express service to Denver and Delta Connection service to Salt Lake City.[5]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Horizon Air Arcata/Eureka, Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines San Francisco

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for RDD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ City of Redding: Airports Division
  3. ^ "Historic California Posts, Redding Army Airfield". The California State Military Museum. http://www.militarymuseum.org/ReddingAAF.html. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  4. ^ Sabalow, Ryan (2008-07-17). "Journal: Bush tours Redding to assess California wildfires". Redding Record Searchlight. http://www.redding.com/news/2008/jul/17/updated-journal-bush-tours-redding-assess-californ/. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Airport may add new fee". Redding Record Searchlight. April 2, 2007. http://redding.com/news/2007/apr/07/airport-may-add-new-fee/. 

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