The Info List - Harrisburg International Airport

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HARRISBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (IATA : MDT, ICAO : KMDT, FAA LID : MDT) is a public airport in Lower Swatara Township, Pennsylvania , nine miles (15 km) southeast of Harrisburg . It is owned by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority .

The airport code MDT refers to Middletown , a suburb of Harrisburg which is the airport's mailing address. Planes landing at MDT from the south are often routed near Three Mile Island
Three Mile Island
a few miles from the airport. The airport, frequently referred to as HIA, is the primary commercial airport in South Central Pennsylvania and is the third-busiest airport in Pennsylvania for passenger enplanements and cargo shipments behind Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia International Airport
and Pittsburgh International Airport .


* 1 History

* 2 Facilities and aircraft

* 2.1 Ground transportation

* 3 Airlines and destinations

* 4 Statistics

* 4.1 Top destinations * 4.2 Annual traffic

* 5 Air cargo * 6 Pennsylvania Air National Guard
Air National Guard
use * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links


Harrisburg International Airport
has been serving south-central Pennsylvania for over 100 years. Beginning in 1898, the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army
U.S. Army
was stationed here. This was followed by the first military airplanes landing in 1918 at what had become Olmsted Field of the fledgling U.S. Army
U.S. Army
Air Service . The Airport
in 1979

The Middletown Air Depot (later Middletown Air Materiel Area) at Olmsted provided logistical and maintenance support of military aircraft until it closed in 1969. In 1968 airline flights moved from Capital City Airport
to Harrisburg International Airport
at the former Air Force Base. Architect William Pereira designed the new terminals, completed in 1973.

In 1998 the Commonwealth transferred ownership to the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport
Authority (SARAA). The Authority board consists of community volunteers appointed to staggered, five-year terms by the elected officials from Cumberland , Dauphin, and York counties, the cities of Harrisburg and York , and Fairview and Lower Swatara townships.

About 1,400 people work in the system of Harrisburg International Airport.

A new 360,000 square-foot terminal was completed in 2004. It cost $120 million and was designed by The Sheward Partnership.


Antonov An-124-100 at the airport in 2007

Harrisburg International Airport
covers 680 acres (280 ha) at an elevation of 310 feet (94 m) above mean sea level . It has one asphalt runway , 13/31, 10,001 by 200 feet (3,048 by 61 m).

13 has a CAT III approach allowing operations down to 600 feet (180 m) RVR ( Runway
Visual Range). The airport has a Surface Movement Guidance Control System (SMGCS) that allows aircraft and vehicle ground movements during reduced visibility (below 1,200 feet (370 m) RVR down to 600 feet (180 m) RVR). A private Boeing 747SP
Boeing 747SP
in 2003

The airfield also boasts a 140-foot control tower and associated approach control manned and operated by FAA air traffic controllers.

In 2005 the airport had 71,190 aircraft operations, an average of 195 per day: 54% air taxi , 22% general aviation , 13% scheduled commercial and 12% military . 29 aircraft were then based at this airport: 17% single-engine , 28% multi-engine, 31% jet , 3% helicopter and 21% military .

The terminal has 12 gates and is a pier finger lay out near the middle of the airfield, almost parallel to the runway.


Built in 2004, and attached to the new terminal building via a climate-controlled sky bridge, the Multi-Modal Transportation Facility (MMTF) is a four-story facility that handles all ground transportation . The top three levels have 2,504 parking places for Short-Term Hourly, Daily, and Long-Term public parking. The first level accommodates all limos, taxis, hotel shuttles, public and charter buses, plus the rental car ready/return lot.

In the first floor lobby area are six rental car counters, restrooms, flight, and bus information displays, and a seating area. On the second floor of the lobby area, climate-controlled moving sidewalks connect to the aerial walkway to the terminal.

Route 7 of the Capital Area Transit System runs to downtown Harrisburg and surrounding communities. The Middletown Amtrak
Station , about 3 miles (5 km) east of the Terminal, has Amtrak
service via the Keystone corridor. There had been a proposal to construct a new rail terminal adjacent to the MMTF, but the final location chosen for the new station is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west, in Highspire, PA .



Air Canada Express Toronto-Pearson

Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford , Punta Gorda (FL) , St. Petersburg/Clearwater SEASONAL: Myrtle Beach

American Airlines
American Airlines

American Eagle Boston , Charlotte , Chicago–O\'Hare , Philadelphia

Delta Air Lines Atlanta SEASONAL: Detroit

Delta Connection
Delta Connection
Detroit SEASONAL: Atlanta

Southern Airways Express Pittsburgh

United Airlines
United Airlines

United Express Chicago–O\'Hare , Washington–Dulles

A Trans World Airlines or (TWA) Boeing 707
Boeing 707
in October 1981



Busiest domestic routes from MDT (May 2016 – Apr 2017) RANK CITY PASSENGERS CARRIERS

1 Chicago–O\'Hare, Illinois 125,100 American, United

2 Charlotte, North Carolina 120,790 American

3 Atlanta, Georgia 104,140 Delta

4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 58,200 American

5 Detroit, Michigan 56,760 Delta

6 Washington–Dulles, D.C. 41,490 United

7 Orlando/Sanford, Florida 31,290 Allegiant

8 St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida 17,820 Allegiant

9 Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Florida 15,160 Allegiant

10 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 6,040 Allegiant


Traffic by calendar year


2013 1,294,632


2014 1,289,487 0.39% 48,922

2015 1,173,938 8.96% 51,401

2016 1,205,442 2.68% 52,807


Harrisburg International Airport
has freight-forwarding capability. The airport is next to I-76 ( Pennsylvania Turnpike ), I-83 , and I-81 , allowing fast transfer of goods. Three major air cargo shippers maintain air service at the east end of the airport in an apron area next to the runway:


DHL Aviation operated by ABX Air Cincinnati

DHL Aviation operated by Atlas Air
Atlas Air

DHL Express
DHL Express
operated by Air Cargo Carriers Cincinnati

FedEx Express Indianapolis , Memphis , Pittsburgh , Syracuse , Washington-Dulles SEASONAL: Hartford

FedEx Feeder operated by Wiggins Airways
Wiggins Airways
Newark , Williamsport

UPS Airlines Louisville , Philadelphia SEASONAL: Hartford


Despite the closure of Olmsted AFB in 1969, the US Air Force continues an Air National Guard
Air National Guard
presence at Harrisburg in the form of Harrisburg Air National Guard
Air National Guard
Station and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 's 193rd Special Operations Wing (193 SOW), an Air Force Special
Operations Command (AFSOC)-gained unit flying the EC-130 Commando Solo aircraft. The 193 SOW is the sole operator of this critical aircraft asset for the entire US Air Force and in 2001 transitioned from the EC-130E to the new EC-130J variant. The wing has seen extensive Federal service in recent years in support of Operations Just Cause , Desert Storm , Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom . An 193rd SOS Pennsylvania Air National Guard
Air National Guard
EC-130 in 1992

Harrisburg International Airport
remains an active touch and go practice runway for SAM 28000 and SAM 29000. These two planes carry the President. They are also known as Air Force One, the call which is adopted when the president is aboard either aircraft (or any other Air Force aircraft for that matter). The Air Force pilots use the custom VC-25's (Boeing 747s) to practice via touch and go at the airport. These practice runs are at random (for obvious security reasons), but they do tend to be seen about weekly. The Air Force uses MDT as the practice airport for a number of reasons: its runway is long enough for a loaded 747, relatively low traffic, close proximity to Andrews Air Force Base, and the presence of the Air National Guard
Air National Guard
at MDT.


* List of airports in Pennsylvania


* ^ "Passenger and Operational Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 19 February 2016. * ^ AirportIQ 5010 http://www.gcr1.com/5010web/airport.cfm?Site=mdt. Retrieved 19 February 2016. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ "Lower Swatara township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau . Retrieved on March 2, 2010. * ^ A B C FAA Airport
Master Record for MDT (Form 5010 PDF ), effective June 5, 2008 * ^ "Commercial Service Airports by State and Type of Carrier" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2007. * ^ "Airports Reporting All-Cargo Data for Calendar Year 2005" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2007. * ^ Harrisburg International Airport
History * ^ Airport
Authority History SARAA, accessed February 14, 2010. * ^ The Sheward Partnership – Harrisburg International Airport * ^ FAA Airport
Diagram for Harrisburg International (MDT) (PDF ), effective July 20, 2017 * ^ A B Multi-Modal Transportation Facility SARAA, accessed February 12, 2010. * ^ New Middletown Amtrak
station site will be at Ann Street and Route 230 * ^ "Flight Schedules". Retrieved 5 April 2017. * ^ "Allegiant Air". Retrieved 5 April 2017. * ^ A B "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved 5 April 2017. * ^ A B "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved 5 April 2017. * ^ "Routes". Retrieved 5 April 2017. * ^ A B "Timetable". Retrieved 5 April 2017. * ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats". * ^ "Stats". Harrisburg International Airport. Retrieved 19 February 2016. * ^ Cargo operations at HIA Harrisburg International Airport, accessed March 4, 2010. * ^ Burger, T.W. (June 21, 2010). "Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit called rescuers on wings". Harrisburg Patriot News. Retrieved December 17, 2010.