Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Deer Valley Airport ranks No. 23 in world for takeoffs, landings

I knew that it was where most private pilots in the city fly, but I had no idea it was this buisy! > News: "PHOENIX (AP) -- Deer Valley Airport in north Phoenix ranks 23rd in the world for the number of takeoffs and landings. That's more than many major airports around the globe, including LaGuardia in New York, Boston's Logan and Toronto's Lester B. Pearson. Deer Valley also is the second-largest general-aviation airport in the United States, behind Van Nuys Airport in California. 'We're just a busy little place,' said Ken McKinney, acting manager at the airport used mainly by private fliers of small planes. 'Most of them are guys who just love to fly.' The rankings are a running count of each time an aircraft lands or takes off from an airport. About 1,350 private planes are kept at the airport in small hangars and tie-downs, which puts the two-runway airport in fifth place among general-aviation airports nationwide for aircraft tenants."
Update... (actually I had forgotten I wanted to combine this story with this post)
BULLHEAD CITY -- The number of people flying out of Laughlin/Bullhead City International Airport shot sky high during 2004. The airport experienced a total of 106,000 people who flew out of Laughlin/Bullhead City -- a 22 percent increase from 2003, said Airport Executive Director John Paskell. "In the past five years, it's like a 250 percent increase," Paskell said. "I think the biggest number that is important to us is enplanement figures, that's how many people actually got on an airplane and airports use this to see how busy they are." It was busy year-round, Paskell said. Last year was about the third busiest in the history of the airport.

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