Tri-State Airport (Guide)

Currently, Huntington Tri-State Airport is handling commercial airline, military, air cargo, and general aviation traffic. The facility has two major airlines that are serving five non-stop destinations, including Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach. Huntington Jet Center provides general aviation services and is situated next to the main terminal.

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Tri-State Airport (Guide)

Currently, Huntington Tri-State Airport is handling commercial airline, military, air cargo, and general aviation traffic. The facility has two major airlines that are serving five non-stop destinations, including Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach. Huntington Jet Center provides general aviation services and is situated next to the main terminal.

History

The initiative toward the development of aviation in the Tri-State community started on December 8, 1922. That year the Chamber of Commerce formed its first aviation Committee for selecting a site for the airfield. The first option of Kyle Field at Kyle Landing was used for several years until the search for a more significant, permanent site was undertaken. In 1929 the Embry-Riddle Company proposed to build a facility at their own expense at South Point, Ohio, provided that different cities in the Tri-State area would agree not to create a competing facility. All cities in the area except Huntington agreed, and later that year, the facility was opened in Chesapeake, Ohio.

Later the aviation committee determined that the new location of HTS was the most feasible. The next goal was to obtain the funds that were necessary for the airport’s development. After several attempts that were met with failures, in 1948, five organizations agreed to join in forming a Tri-State facility. The first step made by the authority was to appoint a committee to purchase the land. Five hundred and thirty-four acres were acquired, a contract was signed, and the notice to proceed was issued on March 7, 1950. The construction started with building a runway that was 2900’ long and 100’ wide. However, authorities managed to extend the runway to be 4600’ with 150’ width. In 1956 the runway went through another reconstruction and was extended to 5297’. In three years, the construction of the current terminal began and was dedicated in 1961.

In 1973 dedication ceremonies were held on the runway expansion project that required an additional 115 acres of land to provide the necessary construction area and clearances. The renovations included the movement of four million cubic yards of land to give an extra graded extension that was 2440 feet long and 500 feet wide.

Later several renovations were made to improve safety measures at Tri-State Airport.

In 1978 security lighting was installed, and corrections of a landslide at the intersection of main R/W and hangar T/W were made. The general aviation parking area was expanded, and the terminal went through alterations to accommodate disabled persons.

Economic Impact

Huntington Tri-State Airport represents a vital component of the region’s transportation system and is an essential asset in the commercial and future development of the area. After an analysis that was conducted by the Marshall University Center, it was stated that the facility’s output was $50.4 million, with an income of $21.1 million.

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