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Airport Prescott (USA) - Ernest A. Love Field

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Prescott Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Prescott
ServesPrescott, Arizona
LocationPrescott, Arizona
Elevation AMSL5,045 ft / 1,538 m
Coordinates34°3916N 112°2511W / 34.65444°N 112.41972°W / 34.65444; -112.41972Coordinates: 34°3916N 112°2511W / 34.65444°N 112.41972°W / 34.65444; -112.41972
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3R/21L 7,616 2,321 Asphalt
3L/21R 4,848 1,478 Asphalt
12/30 4,408 1,344 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations244,080
Based aircraft232

Prescott Regional Airport, Ernest A. Love Field (IATA: PRC[2], ICAO: KPRC, FAA LID: PRC) is 8 miles (7.0 nmi; 13 km) north of Prescott, in Yavapai County, Arizona.[1] Love Field is used for general aviation and facilitates scheduled passenger airline service to Denver and Los Angeles.

Most traffic at PRC is training flights from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University but includes training flights from operations including Guidance Aviation and North-Aire.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 5,872 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2017.

The City of Prescott announced that passenger totals for 2009 were 11,690. Reaching over 10,000 boardings will allow the airport to get a million dollar grant each year for the next five years for improvement projects. This also prompted Great Lakes Airlines to add a second daily weekday flight to Denver.

The first airline flights at Prescott were TWA DC-3s in late 1947.


The airport is named for Ernest A. Love (18951918), First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Service. Love was born in New Mexico and raised in Prescott. He was a graduate of Prescott High School, and studied mechanical engineering at Stanford. He served in World War I and was shot down near Verdun, France on 16 September 1918, and died of his wounds as a prisoner of war a few days later. Lieutenant Love is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[3] The hamlet of Love, Arizona is also named for him.[4]


Ernest A. Love Field covers 760 acres (310 ha) at an elevation of 5,045 ft (1,538 m). It has three asphalt runways:

  • 3R/21L measuring 7,616 ft × 150 ft (2,321 m × 46 m)
  • 3L/21R measuring 4,848 ft × 60 ft (1,478 m × 18 m)
  • 12/30 measuring 4,408 ft × 75 ft (1,344 m × 23 m)[1]

Plans to extend Runway 3R/21L and Runway 3L/21R were mentioned in the latest master plan update in 2009. The extension onto Runway 3R/21L would be more than 3,300 feet and the extension onto Runway 3L/21R would be more than 1,300 feet.[citation needed]

In the year ending March 31, 2011 the airport had 244,080 aircraft operations, average 668 per day: 98.2% general aviation, 1.6% air taxi, <1% military, and <1% airline. 232 aircraft were then based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 1% helicopter, 1% jet, and <1% glider.[1]

Great Lakes Airlines served the airport since 2008, when Mesa Airlines terminated their agreement. Although Great Lakes Airlines over the last few years ran into staffing issues due to the nationwide pilot shortage, Prescott has always been one of their top destinations. In 2016, the company turned itself around and was able to pull out of its staffing problems by signing a contract with Frontier Airlines to agree to employ their pilots after they have completed a required employment period with Great Lakes first. The company currently flies to Los Angeles and Phoenix. The company cut back on the destinations it served so it could dramatically increase reliability and staffing abilities towards its profitable airports. Prescott in November received the first of several planned upgrades by the company.[5] Great Lakes increased its total round trip daily flights to/from Los Angeles from 2 flights a day to 4. On December 17, 2016 part 2 of the upgrade plan took place, which included bringing in a larger aircraft, an Embraer EMB-120 which includes 30 seats, restroom facilities and flight attendant service. The company has also leased a corporate maintenance hangar on the airfield and plans to employ a full-time aircraft mechanic to turn Prescott into a west coast maintenance hub. Finally, the airline resumed flying to Denver, CO twice per week with one-stop in Farmington, NM. In 2017 Great Lakes reverted to 2 flights per day to Los Angeles and 2 flights per week to Denver using Beech 1900D aircraft. On March 26, 2018, Great Lakes Airlines ceased operations, terminating all scheduled flights from Ernest A. Love Field. On July 17, 2018, United Airlines announced service from Ernest A. Love Field to Denver and Los Angeles with each running a daily flight, which began on August 29, 2018.[6] United Airlines service is operated by SkyWest Airlines dba United Express operating 50 seat Bombardier CRJ-200 jet aircraft.

Airline and destinations

United Express Denver, Los Angeles[7]

Enplanement Totals

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2000 6,337 2010 7,836
2001 3,980 2011 5,159
2002 4,861 2012 5,152
2003 4,786 2013 5,223
2004 7,014 2014 3,862
2005 5,020 2015 3,428
2006 3,780 2016 3,451
2007 4,165 2017 5,888
2008 5,816 2018 10,337
2009 11,668 2019
Carrier shares: Dec 2016 Nov 2017[8]
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Great Lakes
Top domestic destinations: August 2018- February 2019
Rank City Airport name & IATA code Passengers Carriers
1 Denver Denver International Airport (DEN) 6,667 United Express
2 Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 5,855 United Express
Historical Airline Service

The following is a list of all known air carriers that have served Prescott. Most of these airlines provided flights to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PRC (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (PRC: Prescott)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Ernest A. Love, First Lieutenant, United States Army Air Service at Arlington National Cemetery
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Love
  5. ^ Goodman, Tyler. "Prescott Municipal Airport: More Flights, More Destinations, Larger Aircraft". Prescott eNews. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  6. ^ https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/jul/17/united-express-set-begin-flights-prescott-late-aug/
  7. ^ https://www.dcourier.com/news/2018/jul/17/united-express-set-begin-flights-prescott-late-aug/
  8. ^ "Prescott, AZ: Ernest A. Love Field (PRC)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved Feb 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

Other sources

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-1996-1899) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2005-3-16 (March 9, 2005): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide essential air service at Kingman, Prescott, Page, and Show Low for a new two-year period, at a combined first-year subsidy of $3,840,959, and a combined second-year subsidy of $3,854,958.
    • Order 2007-6-10 (June 13, 2007): selecting Mesa Air Group, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest to provide subsidized essential air service at Kingman and Prescott, Arizona, for two years, beginning when the carrier full service. Service will consist of three round trips a day (18 per week) with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft over a Kingman Prescott Phoenix or Prescott Kingman Las Vegas routing, at a total annual subsidy of $1,798,489 for both communities.
    • Order 2008-6-11 (June 10, 2008): selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide essential air service at Kingman and Prescott, Arizona, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full service at both communities at a combined annual subsidy of $2,898,490.
    • Order 2011-3-4 (March 1, 2011): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide essential air service at Kingman, Page, Prescott, and Show Low, Arizona for the two-year period from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2013, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,596,114.
    • Order 2013-6-1 (June 3, 2013): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide Essential Air Service at Kingman, Page, Prescott, and Show Low, Arizona, for the two-year period from May 1, 2013, through April 30, 2015, for a combined annual subsidy of $7,873,533. Subsidy for Prescott: $2,094,235. Routing: PRC-LAX nonstop and/or DEN one-stop. Weekly Frequency: 18. Aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D. Seats: 19.

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