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Jackson Hole Airport is a public airport located seven miles (11 km) north of the central business district of Jacksonmarker, a town in Teton Countymarker, Wyomingmarker, United Statesmarker. It is owned by the Jackson Hole Airport Board.

It is one of two airports in the United States located inside a national park, in this case Grand Tetonmarker (the other airport is Provincetown Municipal Airportmarker in Massachusetts). A large fraction of air travellers headed to Grand Teton or nearby Yellowstone National Parkmarker and western Wyoming go through the airport. The airport has an unusual terminal building resembling a pioneer log cabin; this aesthetic design blends with the surrounding environment and serves to attract visitors.

In addition, Jackson Hole Airport is one of the only airports in the nation that ships live cattle by airplane. Cattle shipments are extremely lucrative and earn the airport 5% of its summer income.

History

The airport was created in the 1930s as the best place to put an airport in Teton County. The airport was declared a national monument in 1943, and merged with Grand Teton National Park in 1950. In 1959 the runway was extended to its current length to better accommodate larger planes, especially the DC-3. In the 1960s and 1970s, the possibility of extending the runway to to accommodate jet aircraft was considered. Strong opposition from the National Park Service over noise and other environmental effects prevented such an extension. However, development of better jet engines in the late 1970s made it possible to land jets on the existing runway. Being inside a national park and the Jackson Hole area, the region is very noise sensitive and the airport currently allows only stage III jet aircraft which have newer, quieter engines. The airport is a popular mating ground to the rare Sage Grouse. Currently, it is the busiest commercial airport in Wyoming. On December 20, 2000, Sandra Bullock survived the crash of a chartered business jet at Jackson Hole Airport. The aircraft hit a snowbank instead of the runway, shearing off the nose gear and nose cone and damaging the wings.

Facilities and aircraft

Jackson Hole Airport covers an area of 533 acres (216 ha) which contains one runway designated 1/19 with a 6,300 x 150 ft (1,920 x 46 m) asphalt pavement. For the 12-month period ending July 7, 2007, the airport had 33,259 aircraft operations, an average of 91 per day: 50% general aviation, 27% air taxi, 23% scheduled commercial and <1% military.="" There="" are="" 52="" aircraft="" based="" at="" this="" airport:="" 69%="" single-engine,="" 6%="" multi-engine,="" 21%="" jet,="" 3%="" glider, and 1% cattle cargo. Jackson Hole Airport is very noise sensitive being in a national park, and has a ban on aircraft with stage-II engines which are older, noisier jet engines. Few aircraft for charter are based at Jackson Hole Airport.New Flight Charters has a Cessna T206 based there.

Airlines and destinations

Aircraft operated into the airport



Other services



Images

Image:Jackson hole airport aerial.jpg|Aerial photo of airportImage:Jackson hole airport map.jpg|Map showing the airportImage:Jackson hole airport map closeup.jpg|Closeup of airport map

References

  1. Jackson Hole Airport, official web site
  2. Jackson Hole Airport: History
  3. AirNav: Jackson Hole Airport
  4. New Flight Charters: Jackson Hole Airport


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