Little Rock National Airport
Little Rock National Airport , officially Little Rock National Airport/Adams Field, is located 2 miles (3 km) east of the central business district
Central business district
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 of Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock is the capital and the largest city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 699,757 people in the 2010 census...

, a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas
Arkansas is a state located in the southern region of the United States. Its name is an Algonquian name of the Quapaw Indians. Arkansas shares borders with six states , and its eastern border is largely defined by the Mississippi River...

, United States
United States
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. It is Arkansas' largest commercial service airport, serving more than 2.1 million passengers in the year measured from March 2009 through February 2010. 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
Delta Connection
Delta Connection is the name under which a number of individually owned regional airlines and one wholly owned regional carrier operate short and medium haul routes in association with Delta Air Lines Inc...

 carrier, Comair
Comair is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines headquartered on the grounds of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in unincorporated Boone County, Kentucky, United States, west of Erlanger, and south of Cincinnati, Ohio...

, to Cincinnati. Comair has now been joined by other Delta Connection carriers as well as American Eagle
American Eagle Airlines
American Eagle Airlines is a brand name used by American Eagle Airlines, Inc. , based in Fort Worth, Texas, and Executive Airlines based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the operation of passenger air service as regional affiliates of American Airlines. All three airlines are wholly owned subsidiaries...

, Continental Express
Continental Express
Continental Express is the operating brand name used by a number of independently owned regional airlines providing regional jet feeder service under agreement with Continental Airlines...

, United Express
United Express
United Express is a brand name under which eight regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. They primarily connect smaller cities with United's domestic hub airports and “focus cities,” although they offer some point-to-point service such as Sacramento to Eureka.As of Sept...

, and US Airways Express
US Airways Express
US Airways Express is an airline brand name, rather than a fully certified airline, and as such, the US Airways Express name is used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways.Operations are conducted from...

 in operating the regional jet at Little Rock.


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

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

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

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

On June 1, 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420
American Airlines Flight 1420
American Airlines Flight 1420 was a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Little Rock National Airport in USA. On June 1, 1999, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 overran the runway upon landing in Little Rock and crashed...

 crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 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 16 gates.

Facilities and aircraft

Adams Field covers an area of 2000 acres (809.4 ha) which contains three runway
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s and one helipad
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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
General aviation
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, 23% air taxi
Air taxi
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, 15% scheduled commercial
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 and 20% military
Military aviation
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. At that time there were 152 aircraft based at this airport: 45% single-engine
Aircraft engine
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, 32% multi-engine, 22% jet
Jet aircraft
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 and 1% helicopter
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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 Airlines
Southwest Airlines
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, the airport's largest carrier, controls three gates - is especially vulnerable to crowds and long lines.
Public transportation to and from the airport is provided by Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) bus #12.

Passenger airlines and destinations

Top Destinations

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of LIT
(July 2010 - June 2011)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1   Atlanta, GA
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport , known locally as Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield Airport, and Hartsfield–Jackson, is located seven miles south of the central business district of Atlanta, Georgia, United States...

162,000 Delta
2   Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 155,000 American
3   Dallas-Love, TX 135,000 Southwest
4   Chicago-O’Hare, IL 99,000 American, United
5   Houston-Intercontinental, TX
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, is a Class B international airport in Houston, Texas, serving the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Located north of Downtown Houston between Interstate 45 and U.S. Highway 59...

82,000 Continental
6   Charlotte, NC
Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a joint civil-military public international airport located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in 1935 as Charlotte Municipal Airport, in 1954 the airport was renamed Douglas Municipal Airport after former Charlotte mayor Ben Elbert Douglas, Sr...

66,000 US Airways
7   Memphis, TN
Memphis International Airport
Memphis International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located three miles south of the central business district of Memphis, a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States....

58,000 Delta
8   St. Louis, MO
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a Class B international airport serving Greater St. Louis. It is located approximately northwest of downtown St. Louis in unincorporated St. Louis County between Berkeley and Bridgeton. It is the largest and busiest airport in the state with 250 daily...

51,000 Southwest
9   Denver, CO
Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport , often referred to as DIA, is an airport in Denver, Colorado. By land size, at , it is the largest international airport in the United States, and the third largest international airport in the world after King Fahd International Airport and Montréal-Mirabel...

38,000 Frontier, United
10   Las Vegas, NV
McCarran International Airport
McCarran International Airport is the principal commercial airport serving Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, United States. The airport is located five miles south of the central business district of Las Vegas, in the unincorporated area of Paradise in Clark County. It covers an area of and...

37,000 Southwest

See also

  • Arkansas World War II Army Airfields
    Arkansas World War II Army Airfields
    During World War II, the United States Army Air Force established numerous airfields in Arkansas for training pilots and aircrews of USAAF fighters and bombers....

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