Evansville Regional Airport
|Owner||Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District|
|Operator||Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District|
|Serves||Evansville metropolitan area|
|Location||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Elevation AMSL||422 ft / 129 m|
Location of airport in Indiana
EVV (the United States)
Evansville Regional Airport (IATA: EVV, ICAO: KEVV, FAA LID: EVV) is three miles north of Evansville, in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, United States. It is owned and operated by the Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport say EVV’s annual traffic grew by nearly seven percent in 2018, in comparison to passenger counts the previous year. EVV reports that through Dec. 2018, year-to-date enplanements, or passengers departing from EVV, totaled 235,082, surpassing the prior year’s traffic that totaled 220,046 passengers. EVV’s total number of travelers, which includes the passengers who flew in to EVV from other airports, also grew last year, to nearly a half million people annually. EVV’s passenger traffic has grown by 35 percent in only four short years. It is the third largest airport in the State of Indiana after Fort Wayne International Airport, and Indianapolis International Airport.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017-2021 calls it a non-hub primary service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
It has daily flights to and from airline hubs: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Orlando/Sanford.
As of March 2022, EVV has temporarily suspended services between Chicago, Illinois via American Eagle as well as Delta Connection services to Detroit, Michigan.
Built in 1928 on 260 acres (1.1 km2) of land along U.S. Highway 41 and funded by a city bond issue, the original airport had a small terminal, weather bureau, hangar, runways, boundary lights, grading, and drainage.
On June 16, 1930, the Evansville Municipal Airport was dedicated. The runways, 100 X 1,200 feet and four inches thick, cost $30,000. The first airport manager was Werner J. Genot, who took charge on December 16, 1930.
Interstate Airlines stopped at Evansville on their Chicago-Atlanta and St. Louis-Louisville routes on October 19, 1928. Also in 1928, Capital Air Corporation started passenger flights through Evansville. The airport did not have an airline from February 1933 until 1940, when Eastern Airlines started two departures a day. Plans were made for expansion.
In 1950 a new terminal opened at a cost of $787,000. The Evansville city council passed an ordinance to change the name of the airport to Dress Memorial Airport on October 11, 1950, and on October 29, 1950, the new terminal was dedicated. The airport property now covered 467 acres; 347 acres was used for aircraft operations and 120 acres was used for agriculture.
The first jet at the Evansville airport landed in September 1964, a chartered 727 carrying presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
The original terminal was replaced in 1988 with the new William H. Dress Terminal, designed by Hafer Associates with 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2) and ten gates.
In January 2012, the airport announced the adding of four new jet bridges. At the beginning of 2013, the jet bridges were installed. This allowed passengers to avoid having to exit the terminal and board the plane from the outside. It was the first time that Evansville Regional Airport had new jet bridges, since US Air exited the Evansville market in the 1990s. A subsequent ribbon cutting took place at the airport on 17 January 2013.
In the 2010s, the airport began to see passenger growth. In response to this, on August 20, 2014, Delta Air Lines upgraded to a Boeing 717 with daily service to Atlanta. Delta further upgraded to a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 at the beginning of summer in 2015, in addition with current 717 service, occasionally replacing the smaller aircraft on some flights. Currently Delta runs the 717 service for its first flight out of Evansville and its late flight into Evansville. Delta has recently stopped their 717 service in Evansville due to aging aircraft, but has replaced that aircraft with the Bombardier CRJ-900 for its Atlanta service. Also, on October 2, 2014, American Eagle began daily service to Charlotte using a Bombardier CRJ-200. On June 4, 2015, United Express began three daily flights to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago utilizing the Embraer ERJ-145. Currently American Eagle uses a Bombardier CRJ-900 for its Dallas-Fort Worth service.
After further growth and expansion at the airport, the Vanderburgh Airport Authority approved the construction of a fifth jet bridge in Concourse A. Furthermore, on June 2, 2016, Allegiant Air began flights to Orlando/Sanford, operating two weekly flights on Sunday and Thursday utilizing the McDonnell Douglas MD-80. The flights are now operated on Airbus A320 aircraft.
On November 8, 2021, Evansville Regional announced that United Airlines was pulling their daily flights to Chicago. Evansville was one of 15 other airports that United pulled service from.
On March 3, 2022, Evansville Regional announced American Airlines has paused their daily Chicago flights. With this pause, Evansville has no direct flights to Chicago. Days later it was also released that Delta has suspended their Detroit service from Evansville for an undertermined amount of time.
Evansville Regional Airport covers 1,250 acres (506 ha) at an elevation of 422 feet (127 m). It has three asphalt runways: 4/22 is 8,021 by 150 feet (2,445 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,286 by 150 feet (1,916 x 46 m); 9/27 is 3,497 by 75 feet (1,066 x 23 m).
The airport has an instrument landing system.
In the year ending May 31, 2017, the airport had 30,287 aircraft operations, averaging 83 per day: 54% general aviation, 37% air taxi, 5% military, and 4% airline. 53 aircraft were based at the airport: 64% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, and 15% jet.
In 2020 the airport completed a covered parking area covered with solar panels, the largest such installation in the midwest.
The terminal boasts a number of amenities and services for passengers and visitors. The WiFi lounge has 24/7 internet access and chairs and tables. The Meals & More restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, daily specials, and has a gift shop. The cocktail lounge has brand-name beers, wines, spirits, and local favorites for passengers' 21 and over enjoyment, with flat screen TVs and sitting areas. An assortment of different games and a play room for children are offered in the front of the terminal. Visitors can browse a collection of airplane models with brief facts on each of the planes. The concourse has an observation area. There are meeting rooms free of charge to conduct business meetings while still in the terminal. Valets are available outside to assist with luggage and parking. Hotel shuttles to different lodging accommodations in the Evansville area can be requested in the front of the terminal.
The terminal has two concourses set for Allegiant, American, Delta, and United, respectively. Concourse A has three jet bridges and one hardstand gate, while Concourse B has two jet bridges and six hardstand gates, and each has vending machines, restrooms and drinking fountains.
Delta and United operate out of Concourse A, gates A1-A4. Allegiant and American operate out of Concourse B, gates B1-B6.
|Allegiant Air|| Orlando/Sanford |
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||22,000||American|
|3||Charlotte, North Carolina||18,000||American|
|5||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||8,000||American, United|
|7||Fort Walton Beach, Florida||2,000||Allegiant|
Previous service included Century Airlines, Trans World Express, Eastern Air Lines, Air Illinois, US Air, Piedmont Airlines, Chicago Express Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Northwest Airlink, Comair, Britt Airways, Cape Air, Interstate Airlines, Capital Air Corporation, and United (operating as United Express)