Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
|Owner||Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers|
|Elevation AMSL||1,287 ft / 392 m|
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (IATA: XNA, ICAO: KXNA, FAA LID: XNA) is a public use airport in Northwest Arkansas, United States. It is 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) northwest of the city of Fayetteville and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) northwest of the city of Springdale. The airport, located in Bentonville, Arkansas, is near Rogers, and Springdale. It is commonly referred to by its IATA code, which is incorporated in the airport's logo as "Fly XNA".
It is perhaps one of the smallest airports in the U.S. to see year-round, daily nonstop jet service (with first class seats included) to major cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and San Francisco, largely due to the presence of the world's largest company by revenue, Walmart, in nearby Bentonville.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 547,871 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 530,087 enplanements in 2009, and 549,195 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 20172021, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
XNA opened in November 1998 as a replacement airport for commercial traffic previously served by Fayetteville's aging and inadequate Drake Field, which was undersized to serve the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region.
Due to rapid growth in Northwest Arkansas, in 2007 airport officials announced the construction of a new concourse costing between $20$25 million. The new concourse is east of the upper concourse, allowing the airport to park eight additional planes for boarding. The airport previously had 12 airplane parking positions. It took over three years to complete.
The airport completed a ticket counter expansion in 2010. The airport has completed a $21 million expansion to the upper-level concourse that includes the state's first moving walkway. With the walkway it is anticipated to take about three minutes to get from security to the last gate. The addition adds 51,000 square feet (4,700 m2) and 12 upper level gates to the east side of the airport.
The original runway built in 1998 required complete reconstruction in 2011 following the discovery of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in the Portland cement concrete runway. Since the runway was the only landing surface at the airport, an alternate temporary runway was necessary to maintain service during the main runway's reconstruction. Stimulus funds of $9 million ($10.5 million in today's dollars) from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) allowed XNA to accelerate the alternative runway construction project. Upon completion of the alternate runway in 2012, all aircraft operations were shifted to the new surface and demolition and replacement of the primary runway began.
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport covers an area of 2,184 acres (884 ha) at an elevation of 1,287 feet (392 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways, designated 16/34 and 17/35, each with a concrete surface measuring 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2015, the airport had 37,767 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 37% air taxi, 33% scheduled commercial, 13% general aviation and 17% military. In January 2017, there were 8 aircraft based at this airport: 1 single-engine, 3 multi-engine and 4 jet aircraft.
|Allegiant Air|| Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford|
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Fort Walton Beach
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth|||
|American Eagle||Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New YorkLaGuardia, WashingtonNational|||
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|||
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkLaGuardia|||
|United Express||ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental, Newark, San Francisco|||
|Year||Total Passengers (enplane and deplane)||Total Cargo (tons)||Total operations|
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||172,580||American|
|3||ChicagoO'Hare, Illinois||112,010||American, United|
|4||Charlotte, North Carolina||61,760||American|
|6||New YorkLaGuardia, New York||39,470||American, Delta|
|8||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||26,700||Delta|
|9||Los Angeles, California||21,400||Allegiant, American|