Pensacola International Airport

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Pensacola International Airport
File:Pensacola International Airport.jpg
WMO: 72222
Airport type Public
Owner City of Pensacola
Serves Pensacola, Florida
Elevation AMSL 121 ft / 37 m
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FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
PNS is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 7,004 2,135 Concrete
8/26 7,000 2,134 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 117,053
Based aircraft 85

Pensacola International Airport[2] (IATA: PNSICAO: KPNSFAA LID: PNS), formerly Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport, is a public use airport three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Pensacola, in Escambia County, Florida, United States. It is owned by the City of Pensacola.[1] Despite the name, this airport does not offer direct international flights. This airport is one of the 4 major airports in North Florida, others being: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Tallahassee International Airport, and Jacksonville International Airport.

This facility is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the it had 771,917 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 694,786 enplanements in 2009, and 729,748 in 2010.[5]


In 1935 a passenger terminal opened, and airline service began two years later. Atlantic and Gulf Airlines went out of business a few months later after failing to get an airmail contract. In 1938 National Airlines began flights to Mobile and Jacksonville. From 1940 to 1945, the airport was a U.S. Navy training facility; the Navy built a control tower and added a fourth runway. In 1947 Eastern Air Lines began service out of Pensacola, and in 1952 a modern terminal replaced the original one. The airport was then dedicated to L.C. Hagler, the former mayor of Pensacola. In 1968 Eastern began the first scheduled jet service from Pensacola.

In 1978, after deregulation of the airline industry, several airlines tried Pensacola, including Continental and Delta. In 1978 a National Airlines Boeing 727 crashed into Escambia Bay while on approach for landing, the first fatal airline accident in the area. In 1979 US Airways, then called USAir, arrived at Pensacola. In 1990 the current terminal was built and AirTran Airways began jet service. In 2005 United Express began service out of Pensacola.

Pensacola mayor Ashton Hawyard announced on November 9, 2011 that, despite not serving any international destinations, the airport would change its name from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport to Pensacola International Airport effective immediately.[6]

Facilities and aircraft

Pensacola International Airport covers an area of 1,211 acres (490 ha) at an elevation of 121 feet (37 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 8/26 is 7,000 by 150 feet (2,134 x 46 m) with an asphalt surface; 17/35 is 7,004 by 150 feet (2,135 x 46 m) with a concrete surface.[1]

Runway 17 has an instrument landing system and approach lights, while the Runway 26 approach has a localizer approach. A 1,000 ft. extension to the east end of Runway 8/26 was completed in 2006. The airport hopes to extend Runway 17/35 to about 8,500 ft.

The airport's two war-era diagonal runways were decommissioned in the 1960s.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 117,053 aircraft operations, an average of 320 per day: 53% general aviation, 21% military, 18% air taxi, and 8% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 85 aircraft based at this airport: 69% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 6% jet, and 4% helicopter.[1]

The most common aircraft used by the airlines is the ERJ-145 on American Eagle and United Express. The much larger MD-80 series aircraft used by American and Delta is the second most common. The 737 aircraft used by Southwest Airlines is the third. The CRJ-200 and CRJ-900 aircraft used by US Airways Express is the fourth. The smaller SF-34 propeller aircraft used by Silver Airways is the fifth. The UPS A300-600 is the sixth and the only wide body aircraft to regularly come to Pensacola. Delta seasonally operates the Airbus A319 and the Boeing 757-200.


Pensacola has one passenger terminal with 12 gates, built in the early 1990s. are located on the 2nd floor, while Gates 11 and 12 are located on the ground floor.

Gate assignments:

  • American: 5
  • Delta: 2, 4
  • Silver: 1
  • Southwest: 10
  • United: 3, 9
  • US Airways: 6, 7

Terminal expansion

The terminal was expanded in 2011 at a cost of $35 million. The expansion was designed by Gresham, Smith and Partners[7] and Stoa Architects.[8][9]


The interim airport director is Daniel Flynn.[10] The airport is a department of the city of Pensacola.[10]

Airlines and destinations

Non-stop flights to Pensacola:

Airlines Destinations
American Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Silver Airways[11] Orlando, Tampa
Southwest Airlines Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love (begins June 11, 2016), Houston–Hobby, Kansas City (begins June 11, 2016), Nashville
United Express Houston–Intercontinental
Seasonal: Chicago O'Hare

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from PNS
(May 2014 - Apr 2015)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, GA 326,000 Delta
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, TX 99,000 American
3 Charlotte, NC 76,000 US Airways
4 Houston (Intercontinental), TX 67,000 United
4 Nashville, TN 64,000 Southwest
6 Miami, FL 40,000 American
7 Houston (Hobby), TX 35,000 Southwest
8 Orlando, Florida 16,000 Silver Airways
9 Tampa, FL 14,000 Silver Airways
10 Chicago (O'Hare), IL 11,000 United


Carrier shares: (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)[12]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)

Former airline flights

The Delta subsidiary, Song had service to Orlando International Airport. Republic Airlines flew to Washington Reagan. United Express flew to Washington Dulles. American Eagle flew to Chicago O'Hare. Delta flew to Dallas/Fort Worth, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, and Memphis. Northwest flew to Memphis and Minneapolis prior to its merger with Delta.

Cargo airlines

UPS Airlines is the only cargo carrier at the airport currently.

Airlines Destinations
UPS Airlines Albany (GA), Louisville


On May 8, 1978 National Airlines Flight 193 landed in Escambia Bay while approaching the east-west runway. Three of the 58 passengers and crew on board were killed.

On December 27, 1987 an Eastern Airlines DC-9-31 made a hard landing and split its fuselage open just aft of its wing root. No one was seriously injured[13] in the accident but the aircraft was written off.[14]

On July 6, 1996, Delta Air Lines Flight 1288, an MD-88, experienced an uncontained engine failure during takeoff on Runway 17. Fragments from the number one (left) Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219 turbofan engine penetrated the fuselage, killing two and seriously injuring one of the 148 people on board.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 FAA Airport Master Record for PNS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. Pensacola International Airport
  3. "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)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "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)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "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)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Pensacola International Airport – Gresham Smith
  8. Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport – Stoa Architects
  10. 10.0 10.1
  12. 12.0 12.1,%20FL:%20Jacksonville%20International&carrier=FACTS
  13. Eastern Jet's fuselage cracks wide open during bumpy landing in Pensacola
  14. Aircraft McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N8948E Pensacola Regional Airport

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