Venango Regional Airport

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Venango Regional Airport

Chess Lamberton Field
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerVenango County
Serves Franklin, Pennsylvania
Oil City, Pennsylvania
Location Venango County, Pennsylvania
Elevation  AMSL 1,540 ft / 469 m
Coordinates 41°22′40″N079°51′37″W / 41.37778°N 79.86028°W / 41.37778; -79.86028 Coordinates: 41°22′40″N079°51′37″W / 41.37778°N 79.86028°W / 41.37778; -79.86028
Website FlyFranklin.org
Map
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Location of airport in Pennsylvania
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Runways
Direction LengthSurface
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3/215,2011,585Asphalt
12/303,5921,095Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations14,826
Based aircraft40

Venango Regional Airport( IATA : FKL [2] , ICAO : KFKL, FAA LID : FKL), also known as Chess Lamberton Field, is a public airport in western Pennsylvania, 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Franklin [1] and about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Oil City. Both cities are in Venango County, which operates the airport. The airport had limited airline service, which was subsidized by the Essential Air Service program until October 2019.

Contents

Per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 681 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, [3] 1,583 enplanements in 2009, and 1,380 in 2010. [4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year). [5]

History

Aviation in Franklin area originated in 1929 when two local businessmen, Wayne W. Bleakley and Joseph McElhinney, Jr. became interested in aviation and went on to construct the first airport in what was then Sugarcreek Township. The airport was supported by local businessmen who formed a corporation some time later, under their stewardship the airport continued in existence until its abandonment in 1938. Thereafter, local aviators flew from the Splane Memorial Airport in Oil City from 1941 until 1950. [6]

Construction of Chess Lamberton Airport as it was originally known, began in 1950. The airport was named after the grandson of Judge Robert Lamberton of Franklin, Pa., founder of the first bank in Venango County and later reformed as The Lamberton Savings Bank in 1887. [7] [8]

Facilities and aircraft

Venango Regional Airport covers an area of 420 acres (170 ha) at an elevation of 1,540 feet (469 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 3/21 is 5,201 by 150 feet (1,585 x 46 m) and 12/30 is 3,592 by 100 feet (1,095 x 30 m). [1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 14,826 aircraft operations, an average of 40 per day: 83.5% general aviation, 16.3% air taxi, and 0.2% military. At that time there were 40 aircraft based at this airport: 82.5% single-engine, 7.5% ultralight, 5% multi-engine, 2.5% jet, and 2.5% helicopter. [1]

Airline and destination

No scheduled airline service at this time.

Statistics

Carrier shares: Mar 2017 – Feb 2018 [9]
Carrier  Passengers (arriving and departing)
Sun
2,620(100.00%)
Top domestic destinations: Mar 2017 – Feb 2018 [9]
RankCityAirport name & IATA codePassengers
1 Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh International Airport 1,500

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 FAA Airport Master Record for FKL ( Form 5010 PDF ). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. "IATA Airport Code Search (FKL: Franklin / Chess-Lambertin)". International Air Transport Association . Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  3. "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data . Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.External link in |work= (help)
  4. "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data . Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.External link in |work= (help)
  5. "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems . Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.External link in |work= (help)
  6. Venago County Pennsylvania Genealogy
  7. "Interested in saving some old buildings". The News Herald. Franklin & Oil City, Pennsylvania. January 9, 1976.
  8. "The Lamberton National Bank".
  9. 1 2 "RITA - BTS - Transtats".

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