Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerWestmoreland County Airport Authority
ServesLatrobe, Pennsylvania
Elevation AMSL1,199 ft / 365 m
Coordinates40°16′29″N 079°24′24″W / 40.27472°N 79.40667°W / 40.27472; -79.40667Coordinates: 40°16′29″N 079°24′24″W / 40.27472°N 79.40667°W / 40.27472; -79.40667
WebsitePalmerAirport.com
Maps

FAA Airport Diagram as of January 2021
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Location
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LBE (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 8,222 2,506 Asphalt
3/21 (closed) 3,609 1,100 Asphalt
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2016)28,816
Based aircraft (2017)105
Total passengers served (12 months ending Feb. 2017)287,000

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (IATA: LBE[2], ICAO: KLBE, FAA LID: LBE) is in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States, two miles (3 km) southwest of Latrobe and about 33 miles (53 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. It was formerly Westmoreland County Airport; it was renamed in September 1999 for Arnold Palmer as part of his 70th birthday celebration.[3] Palmer learned to fly at the airport, and the dedication ceremony included Governor Tom Ridge and a flyover of three A-10s of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.[4]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[5]

Passenger traffic at the airport has significantly grown since Spirit Airlines began serving the airport in 2011, jumping from roughly 10,000 passengers in 2010 to 310,000 passengers in 2019, a 3000% increase.[6] Spirit Airlines is the only commercial passenger carrier and currently flies five nonstop routes to cities in Florida and South Carolina from the airport.

History

The airport was served by Northwest Airlink, as a reliever for Pittsburgh International Airport on the other side of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The airport had regional service by US Airways to Pittsburgh International Airport, until the company's bankruptcy. Northwest/Delta ended its service to Detroit on July 31, 2009.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 18,946 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[7] 15,482 in 2009 and 6,978 in 2010.[8]

In February 2011 Spirit Airlines launched seasonal service to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach; in January 2012 Spirit announced they would start service to Orlando on May 17. The airline currently serves the airport year-round. Spirit now serves five cities from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, and increased passenger traffic from 6,978 in 2010 to 355,910 in 2015. Southern Airways Express has expressed interest in a Latrobe-to-Pittsburgh route but no start date has been announced.[9]

In January 2020, airport officials announced a $13 million project using federal grant money to widen the main runway to accommodate any size plane.[10]

On September 3, 2020, President of the United States Donald Trump held a rally at the airport as part of his reelection campaign for the 2020 United States presidential election.[11]

Facilities

The airport covers 945 acres (382 ha) at an elevation of 1,199 feet (365 m). It has one active asphalt runway: 6/24 is 8,222 by 100 feet (2,506 x 30 m).[1] Runway 3/21 is closed indefinitely; it was 3,609 by 75 feet (1,100 x 23 m).[1] Runway 6/24 was formerly 5/23.[12]

In 2016 the airport had 28,816 aircraft operations, average 79 per day: 72% general aviation, 16% air taxi, 7% airline, and 5% military. In May 2017, 105 aircraft were based at the airport: 58 single-engine, 9 multi-engine, 33 jet, and 5 helicopter.[1]

The airport has a terminal building with one baggage claim. Parking is free. Fixed-base operators (FBOs) on the field include L.J. Aviation and Vee Neal Aviation.

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Orlando
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Myrtle Beach, Tampa

Statistics

Busiest domestic routes from LBE (April 2020 – March 2021)[13]
Rank Airport Passengers Carrier
1 Orlando, Florida 25,000 Spirit
2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 14,000 Spirit
3 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 12,000 Spirit
4 Fort Myers, Florida 6,000 Spirit
5 Tampa, Florida 4,000 Spirit

References

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for LBE PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (LBE: Latrobe / Westmoreland County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Arnold Palmer: Fairways to runways". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). September 12, 1999. p. 2A.
  4. ^ "Air facility named for golf great". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. September 11, 1999. p. B5.
  5. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  6. ^ Passengers up 3% last year at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Napsha, Joe. "Southern Airways: Latrobe-to-Pittsburgh flights to begin in late spring". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  10. ^ Expansion project announced at Arnold Palmer Regional airport
  11. ^ "Trump mocks Biden for mask-wearing, dismisses health questions in Pennsylvania rally".
  12. ^ "Welcome".
  13. ^ "RITA BTS Transtats - LBE". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
Control tower with Saint Vincent College in the background
Control tower with Saint Vincent College in the background