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Little Rock National Airport , officially designated Adams Field, is located 2 miles (3 km) east of the central business district of Little Rockmarker, a city in Pulaski Countymarker, Arkansasmarker, United Statesmarker. It is Arkansas' largest commercial service airport, serving more than 2.3 million passengers in the year measured from October 2007 through September 2008. The airport attracts passengers from a large part of Arkansas as well as a number of surrounding states.

Although the airport does not have direct international passenger flights, there are more than 150 flight arrivals and departures at Little Rock each day, with non-stop jet service to 18 national/international gateway cities.

The regional jet made its first appearance at Little Rock National in 1997, with three daily flights by Delta Connection carrier, Comair, to Cincinnatimarker. Comair has now been joined by other Delta Connection carriers as well as American Eagle, Continental Express, Northwest Airlink, United Express, and US Airways Express in operating the regional jet at Little Rock.


Adams Field is named after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4 1937.

American Airlines was the first airline to serve Little Rock when it first landed at Adams Field in June 1931.

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training.

In 1972, the airport unveiled its current 12-gate terminal.

On June 1 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420marker crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airportmarker, killing the pilot and 10 passengers.

In August 2008 the airport announced that it had approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The central component of the plan would be to expand the terminal from 12 to 17 gates.

Facilities and Aircraft

The airport, from an approach road
Adams Field covers an area of 2,000 acres (809 ha) which contains three runways and one helipad.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 167,880 aircraft operations, an average of 459 per day: 42% general aviation, 23% air taxi, 15% scheduled commercial and 20% military. At that time there were 152 aircraft based at this airport: 45% single-engine, 32% multi-engine, 22% jet and 1% helicopter.


Welcoming sign at terminal
The airport has a single, elongated terminal building with 12 gates. Six gates are located along the length of the terminal (three on either side) and a circular area at the end has six more gates.

The terminal handles more passenger traffic than it was originally designed for. Nineteen planes are berthed every night, and the circular area - where Southwest Airlinesmarker, the airport's largest carrier, controls three gates - is especially vulnerable to crowds and long lines. The new terminal will have 17 gates.

Public transportation to and from the airport is provided by Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) bus #12.[33179]

Passenger Airlines and Destinations

Cargo Airlines

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