Middle Georgia Regional Airport

Middle Georgia Regional Airport (IATA: MCN, ICAO: KMCN, FAA LID: MCN) is a city-owned, public-use airport located nine nautical miles (10 mi, 17 km) south of the central business district of Macon, a city in Bibb County, Georgia, United States.[1] It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline.

Middle Georgia Regional Airport
Middle Georgia Regional Airport 2006 USGS.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerMacon-Bibb County
OperatorTBI Airport Management Inc
ServesMacon, Georgia and Warner Robins, Georgia
LocationBibb County, between Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia
Elevation AMSL354 ft / 108 m
Coordinates32°41′34″N 083°38′57″W / 32.69278°N 83.64917°W / 32.69278; -83.64917Coordinates: 32°41′34″N 083°38′57″W / 32.69278°N 83.64917°W / 32.69278; -83.64917
WebsiteiFlyMacon.com
Map
MCN is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
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Location of airport in Georgia / United States
MCN is located in the United States
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MCN (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
13/31 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations18,693
Based aircraft94

As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 10,029 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 1,866 in 2009, and 1,296 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport based on enplanements in 2008 (more than 10,000 per year).[4]

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Middle Georgia Regional Airport covers an area of 1,149 acres (465 ha) at an elevation of 354 feet (108 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 5/23 is 6,500 by 150 feet (1,981 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 5,000 by 150 feet (1,524 x 46 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 18,693 aircraft operations, an average of 51 per day: 70% general aviation, 23% military, 6% air taxi, and 1% scheduled commercial. At that time 94 aircraft based were at this airport: 55 single-engine, 30 multi-engine and 9 jet.[1]

 
The terminal building

HistoryEdit

Early in 1940, Macon's Chamber of Commerce began a campaign to bring war industries and defense installations to the city. Negotiations with the Army Air Corps resulted in a tract of land in a highly developed agricultural area nine miles (14 km) south of the City known as Avondale being selected by the Air Corps.

The City of Macon and Bibb County obtained options on the desired tracts of land. Once the Army Air Corps finally decided to build an airbase at the site, it required the base be built as soon as possible. An informal agreement with the Army stipulated that when the War Department had no further use for the property, the deed would revert to the City and the County.

On August 17, 1941 the first class of British Royal Air Force cadets arrived at Cochran Field under the Arnold Scheme. Until June 1942, Cochran was used exclusively for British training. With the last British class graduating in early 1943, the War Department constituted and activated the 27th Flying Training Wing (Basic) at Cochran and assigned it to the (redesignated) AAF Eastern Flying Training Command as a flying training unit. Peak training took place during 1943. From the beginning of 1944 flight training steadily diminished. The Air Force inactivated the base on 15 December 1945.

Following the war, Cochran was utilized for various purposes. Smart Field remained as Macon's municipal airport until 1947. After a tornado swept Smart Field, the airlines moved their operations to Cochran where they remain to this day. The passenger terminal was built in 1959 and extensively renovated in 2003.

The two Army built hangars still exist along with a few old warehouses. The Air Force at one time had a presence at the airport, hosting the 202d Engineering Installation Squadron, a non-flying engineering unit of the Georgia Air National Guard. However, this unit was relocated to nearby Robins AFB at the end of Fiscal Year 2011 pursuant to BRAC action.

In June 2019, Brazilian regional jet manufacturer Embraer announced it would open a repair and maintenance facility for its ERJ and E-Jet commercial aircraft at the airport, in a hangar previously occupied by HAECO.[5]

Middle Georgia Regional Airport has also previously been known as Lewis B. Wilson Municipal Airport (named for the mayor of Macon between 1948 and 1953[6]), Macon Municipal Airport, and Cochran Field.

History of commercial serviceEdit

Commercial airlines historically serving the airport included Eastern Airlines and Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.[7] After ASA stopped serving the airport in 2008, GeorgiaSkies served Macon with flights to Atlanta until April 2013 under an Essential Air Service contract, when Silver Airways took over before discontinuing service in late 2014; under both GeorgiaSkies and Silver Airways, passenger traffic dropped precipitously due to the loss of the seamless connections ASA offered with Delta's flights from its Atlanta hub.[8]

More recently, Contour Airlines has offered daily flights to and from Baltimore using 30-passenger ERJ-135 aircraft under an Alternative Essential Air Service contract since August 12, 2017,[9] resulting in a substantial recovery in passenger numbers from the GeorgiaSkies and Silver days.[10] Contour also briefly offered flights to and from Tampa between December 2018 and February 2019, with less success than its Baltimore route.[11] In addition to these scheduled flights, a number of irregular casino charters have been offered in recent years.[11]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Beau Rivage Resorts
operated by Sun Country Airlines
Charter: Gulfport-Biloxi[12]
Contour Airlines Baltimore
Harrah's Laughlin
operated by Sun Country Airlines
Charter: Laughlin/Bullhead City[13]

StatisticsEdit

Carrier shares, scheduled flights only: June 2018 – May 2019[14]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Contour Airlines
15,114(100%)
Top domestic destinations, scheduled flights only: June 2018 – May 2019[14]
Rank Destination Airport Passengers
1 Baltimore, MD Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI) 7,230
2 Tampa, FL Tampa International (TPA) 200

Cargo operationsEdit

There are no cargo operations operating at Middle Georgia Regional Airport currently.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MCN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Williams, Trevor (2018-06-06). "Brazilian Aircraft Giant Embraer to Land in Macon, Employing 100 at Maintenance Hub". Global Atlanta. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  6. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Mayors and Intendants of Macon, Georgia". politicalgraveyard.com. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  7. ^ "History of airline service at Macon, GA". Sunshine Skies. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  8. ^ Gaines, Jim (2014-08-14). "Silver Airways seeks to leave Macon service". The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  9. ^ Gambill, Rachel. "Macon-Bibb County and Contour Airlines announce nonstop service to Washington D.C. Area | Macon-Bibb County, Georgia". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  10. ^ Gambill, Rachel. "Middle Georgia Regional Airport passes major passenger service milestone | Macon-Bibb County, Georgia". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  11. ^ a b Kousouris, Abby (2019-03-22). "Macon Regional Airport ends Tampa flight, continues casino and Baltimore-Washington trips". WMAZ. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  12. ^ "Middle Georgia Regional Airport to offer flights to Biloxi". WMAZ. Retrieved Jun 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Three Simultaneous Flights". Retrieved Jun 7, 2019 – via www.facebook.com.
  14. ^ a b "Macon, GA: Middle Georgia Regional (MCN)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. May 2019. Retrieved August 18, 2019.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Shettle, M. L. (2005), Georgia's Army Airfields of World War II. ISBN 0-9643388-3-1
  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2007-28671) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-Day Notice (July 2, 2007): Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. gives notice of its intent to discontinue its service between Macon, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia after October 1, 2007. ASA's service is operated as "Delta Connection" service under agreements with Delta Air Lines, Inc.
    • Order 2008-5-43 (June 3, 2008): selecting Pacific Wings, L.L.C. d/b/a Georgia Skies, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Athens and Macon, with 9-seat Cessna Grand Caravan C 208B turboprop aircraft, for the two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full EAS at both communities, at an annual subsidy of $2,437,692.
    • Order 2011-1-17 (January 18, 2011): terminating the carrier-selection case at Macon, Georgia, and relying on Pacific Wings, LLC, d/b/a Georgia Skies to provide subsidy-free essential air service (EAS) at the community as it proposed. We are also terminating Pacific Wings’ current subsidy at the community effective seven days after the issuance of this order.
    • 90-day notice (April 26, 2012): of Pacific Wings' intent to terminate unsubsidized service to Macon, Ga. effective July 26, 2012. We are taking this action due to the potential for USDOT to introduce federally subsidized competitors in EAS locations already receiving service at no cost to the federal government, just as the Department recently did in Kalaupapa, Hawaii.
    • Order 2012-5-25 (May 24, 2012): prohibits Pacific Wings, L.L.C., d/b/a Georgia Skies, from terminating service at Macon, Georgia, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e., August 25, 2012. We are also requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service (EAS) at Macon, with or without subsidy.
    • Order 2013-2-26 (February 27, 2013): selecting Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Macon, Georgia, for an annual subsidy of $1,998,696. The service to be provided will be one nonstop round trip per weekday and one per weekend (six a week) to Atlanta, Georgia, and one nonstop round trip per weekday and one per weekend (six a week) to Orlando, Florida, using 34-passenger Saab 340B aircraft for the two-year period beginning when Silver commences full EAS.
    • Order 2014-4-26 (April 24, 2014): directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility ... under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). We find that Macon is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Macon generated a total of 2,482 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 4.0 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

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