Tri-Cities Regional Airport
|Tri-Cities Regional Airport
Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA
|IATA: TRI – ICAO: KTRI – FAA LID: TRI|
|Owner||Tri-Cities Airport Commission|
|Elevation AMSL||1,519 ft / 463 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration1|
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (IATA: TRI, ICAO: KTRI, FAA LID: TRI) (Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA), is a public airport in Sullivan County, Tennessee.1 It is next to Blountville, Tennessee and serves the Tri-Cities area (Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City) of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The airport is governed by the Tri-Cities Airport Commission (TCAC) and owned by the cities of Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol (TN), Bristol (VA) and both Washington County and Sullivan County.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 202,730 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,2 217,783 in 2009 and 202,114 in 2010.3 The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).4
In the mid-1930s Johnson City’s airfield and Kingsport’s airstrip were deemed not practical for expansion. Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport cooperated with Sullivan County to build an airport on 323 acres in Sullivan County, between the three cities. In September 1937 two small runways, a terminal building, and aircraft hangar had been built and the airport saw its first airliner, an American Airlines DC-2. On November 5, 1937 McKellar Field, now known as Tri-Cities Regional Airport TN/VA, was dedicated by Senator Kenneth McKellar.5
American Airlines pulled out in 1952. Piedmont flew to TRI from 1948 until it merged into USAir; Capital and successor United stopped at TRI from the 1940s until 1977 when Allegheny replaced them. Southern appeared in 1960. The first jets were Piedmont 727s and Southern DC-9s in 1967; in 1977 Piedmont scheduled a 737 nonstop to New York La Guardia.
In January 2008 a quick service restaurant, Tailwind Express, was added in the post-security area of the airport along with the Tailwind Restaurant and Lounge in the pre-security area. In April 2012 the airport broke ground on a $10 million project that would lengthen a taxiway and move a road farther away from the airport, opening 140 acres for future development.6
Tri-Cities Regional Airport covers 1,225 acres (496 ha) at an elevation of 1,519 feet (463 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 5/23 is 8,000 by 150 feet (2,438 x 46 m) and 9/27 is 4,442 by 150 feet (1,354 x 46 m).1
In the year ending March 31, 2011 the airport had 51,193 aircraft operations, average 140 per day: 71% general aviation, 26% air taxi, 1% scheduled commercial, and 1% military. 69 aircraft were then based at the airport: 59% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 16% jet, and 1% helicopter.1
Scheduled passenger flights:
|Allegiant Air||Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta|
|US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin||Charlotte (ends May 4, 2014)|
|US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Charlotte|
|US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines||Charlotte|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|1||Atlanta, GA||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL)||107,410|
|2||Charlotte, NC||Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT)||63,440|
|3||Sanford, FL||Orlando-Sanford International (SFB)||16,350|
|4||St. Petersburg, FL||St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)||14,540|
- FAA Airport Master Record for TRI ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 2August 25, 2011.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Tri-Cities Regional Airport History, triflight.com accessed on September 15, 2012
- Airport breaks ground on largest project ever, tricities.com dated April 5, 2012
- "Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN: Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA (TRI)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. April 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Tri-Cities Regional Airport, official website
- Tri-Cities Reg. TN/VA - TRI at Tennessee DOT Airport Directory
- Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association
- Aerial image as of March 1997 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TRI, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: