Clinton National Airport

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Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Adams Field
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Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Little Rock
OperatorLittle Rock Municipal Airport Commission
Serves Little Rock
OpenedJune 19, 1931 (1931-06-19) [1]
Elevation  AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 34°43′50.8″N92°13′10.1″W / 34.730778°N 92.219472°W / 34.730778; -92.219472 Coordinates: 34°43′50.8″N92°13′10.1″W / 34.730778°N 92.219472°W / 34.730778; -92.219472
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Location within Arkansas
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LIT (the United States)
Direction LengthSurface
Aircraft operations (2017)94,063
Based aircraft (2017)137
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Jun 2017)1,917,000
Sources: FAA, [2] Airport website [3]

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport( IATA : LIT, ICAO : KLIT, FAA LID : LIT), also known as Clinton National Airport, Adams Field, or simply Little Rock Airport, is a public airport on the east side of Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. [2] [4] It is operated by the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission. [5]

An IATA airport code, also known as an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many airports and metropolitan areas around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used.

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The largest commercial airport in Arkansas, it served more than 2.1 million passengers in the year spanning from March 2009 through to February 2010. [6] While Clinton National Airport does not have direct international passenger flights, more than 50 flights arrive or depart at Little Rock each day, with nonstop service to 14 cities. [7]

The airport is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. [8] Per FAA records, the airport had 1,181,846 passenger boardings (enplanements) in CY 2008, [9] 1,108,603 in 2009 and 1,097,403 in 2010. [10]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) is an inventory of U.S. aviation infrastructure assets. NPIAS was developed and now maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a system for categorizing public-use airports that is primarily based on the level of commercial passenger traffic through each facility. It is used to determine if an airport is eligible for funding through the federal government's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Fewer than 20% of airports in the U.S. qualify for the program, though most that don't qualify are private-use-only airports.

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The airport was originally named "Adams Field" after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937. [4] He was a strong advocate for the airport, and also a Little Rock city councilor. American Airlines was the first airline to serve Little Rock when it first landed at Adams Field in June 19, 1931. [1] During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training. In 1972 the airport opened its current 12-gate terminal. [4] On June 1, 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing the captain and 10 passengers. [11]

154th Training Squadron

The 154th Training Squadron is a unit of the Arkansas Air National Guard 189th Airlift Wing. It is assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas and is equipped with the C-130H Hercules aircraft.

Arkansas National Guard Component of the US National Guard of the state of Arkansas

The Arkansas National Guard comprises both the Arkansas Army National Guard and Arkansas Air National Guard. The state functions of the National Guard range from limited actions during non-emergency situations to full scale law enforcement of martial law when local law enforcement officials can no longer maintain civil control. The National Guard may be called into federal service by the President.

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In August 2008, the airport approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The plan would expand the terminal from 12 to 16 gates. [12] On March 20, 2012, the municipal airport commission voted to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after former United States President Bill Clinton and his wife, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [13] The name Adams Field will continue to be used when referring to the airport's runways and air traffic and will be the airport's official designator. In October 2013, Travel + Leisure released a survey of travelers that ranked Clinton National Airport as the worst of the 67 domestic airports considered in the survey. The survey report cited long lines and few food and shopping choices, among other criticisms. [14] A survey commissioned by the airport contradicted Travel + Leisure's claim finding that more than 90% of passengers were satisfied with their experience. [15]

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Bill Clinton 42nd president of the United States

William Jefferson Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the presidency, he was the governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1992, and the attorney general of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy.

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Facilities and aircraft

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The airport, from an approach road
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Welcoming sign at terminal

Clinton National Airport covers 2,000 acres (809 ha) at an elevation of 266 feet (81 m) above mean sea level. It has three concrete runways: 4L/22R is 8,273 by 150 feet (2,522 x 46 m); 4R/22L is 8,251 by 150 feet (2,515 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,224 by 150 feet (1,897 x 46 m). It has one concrete helipad 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m). [2]

Acre Unit of area

The acre is a unit of land area used in the imperial and US customary systems. It is traditionally defined as the area of one chain by one furlong, which is exactly equal to 10 square chains, ​1640 of a square mile, or 43,560 square feet, and approximately 4,047 m2, or about 40% of a hectare. Based upon the International yard and pound agreement of 1959, an acre may be declared as exactly 4,046.8564224 square metres. The acre is a statute measure in the United States and was formerly one in the United Kingdom and almost all countries of the former British Empire, although informal use continues.

Hectare Metric unit of area

The hectare is an SI accepted metric system unit of area equal to a square with 100-metre sides, or 10,000 m2, and is primarily used in the measurement of land. There are 100 hectares in one square kilometre. An acre is about 0.405 hectare and one hectare contains about 2.47 acres.

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In the year ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 94,063 aircraft operations, an average of 258 per day: 45% general aviation, 23% scheduled commercial, 18% military, and 13% air taxi. The military operations are mostly C-130 transports from nearby Little Rock Air Force Base practicing touch-and-go landings. In December 2017, 137 aircraft were based at this airport: 57 single-engine, 32 multi-engine, 43 jet, and 5 helicopter. [2]

Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, operates a large facility at the airport. It is the site of two Falcon aircraft operations: the main Completion Center for all Falcon jets worldwide, and the company-owned Service Center. Current production model Falcons are manufactured in France, then flown in "green" condition to the Completion Center where optional avionics and custom interiors are installed, and exteriors are painted. Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock provides inspection, maintenance, modification, completion and repair needs for the Falcon product line. The Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock Service Center and Completion Center combined occupy total nearly 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2), making Little Rock the largest Dassault facility in the world.


The single terminal has 12 gates. Six gates are along the length of the terminal (three on either side) and a rotunda at the end has six more.

Airlines and destinations


Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Los Angeles
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–National [16]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit
Frontier Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Orlando
Southwest Airlines Dallas–Love, Las Vegas, St. Louis
Seasonal: Phoenix–Sky Harbor
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental


UPS Airlines Louisville, Lubbock, Oklahoma City, Ontario, Shreveport

Other cargo services



Statistics for Clinton National Airport (LIT)
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Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from LIT (October 2017 September 2018) [6]
1 Atlanta, Georgia 253,860Delta
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 158,060American
3 Dallas–Love, Texas 100,400Southwest
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 87,460American, United
5 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 85,700United
6 St. Louis, Missouri 68,820Southwest
7 Denver, Colorado 62,370Frontier, United
8 Charlotte, North Carolina 62,030American
9 Las Vegas, Nevada 43,210Southwest
10 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 34,970Southwest

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