- There is also a Lancaster Airport (Texas)
Lancaster Airport , also known as Lancaster Regional Airport, is a city-owned public-use airport located two nautical miles south of the central business district of Lancaster, a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States.Although most U.S...
, plus several other airports serving cities of Lancaster in other states.
is a public airport
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located four miles (6 km) north of the central business district
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(CBD) of Lancaster
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, a city in Lancaster County
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. The airport covers 850 acres (344 ha) and has two runway
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s. It is mostly used for general aviation
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but is also served by one commercial airline and one charter airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service
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The Lancaster Airport was originally formed over 75 years ago as a private airport. In 1933 the Lancaster Joint Aviation Committee, was formed and the decision to operate a municipally owned airport gained favor and was put into motion. Using War Relief Funds and knowing that the airport would benefit the local unemployed constructors the Lancaster Joint Aviation Committee moved forward on modernizing the airport. They purchased 180 acres of farmland in southern Lititz and constructed the airport. In 1936 Lancaster became the second airport in Pennsylvania to two hard surface runways and was certified for both night and daytime operations. After World War II the airport was becoming obsolete so using government funds the airport was expanded and modernized with 22% of the funds needed for the update being raised by the community. On June 18, 1949 the airport was formally dedicated after upgrades were completed. Throughout the years the airport continued to improve. The terminal was renovated and expanded in the mid 1990’s. Most recently runway 26/8 was expanded in length bringing it to 6,934 feet long and 150 feet wide.
In addition to hosting a large number of general aviation aircraft, Lancaster Airport is also host to a variety of different businesses. There are flight schools, planes for charter, aircraft rides, helicopter rides, hot air balloon rides, aircraft maintenance shops, a restaurant, and a gift shop. It provides many services to the pilots who call Lancaster their home airport and also to those in the surrounding community.
- Aero-Tech Services, Inc.
- AirNet, Inc.
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- Dutch Country Helicopters, Ltd.
- Henry Weber Aircraft Dist.
- Tower Aviation, Inc.
- Venture Jets, Inc.
- Airways, Inc.
- Henry Weber Aircraft Dist.
- Lancaster Avionics, Inc.
- Sensenich Propeller Service.
- Tower Aviation
- Fiorentino's Bar & Grill - A restaurant with a runway and ramp view.
- Airways, Inc. - A pilot and gift shop for pilots and enthusiasts alike.
- Rental Cars - Hertz and Avis