Huron Regional Airport
|Huron Regional Airport|
Airport terminal, March 2009
|Owner||City of Huron|
|Serves||Huron, South Dakota|
|Elevation AMSL||1,289 ft / 393 m|
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Huron Regional Airport ( IATA: HON, ICAO: KHON, FAA LID: HON) is a city owned public airport in Huron, within Beadle County, South Dakota.  It recently had scheduled passenger flights operated by a commuter air carrier, Great Lakes Airlines, with service to Denver subsidized by the Essential Air Service (EAS) program; however, Great Lakes no longer serves Huron. The airport serves as a backup site for Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 2,365 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 2,170 in 2009 and 2,016 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2015–2019 categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).
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The airport was originally the W. W. Howes Municipal Airport, named in honor of William Washington Howes, First Assistant Postmaster General under Franklin Roosevelt. Howes brought airmail service to the Midwest. The airport hangar pictured, below, was named the W. W. Howes hangar in 1998 due to the efforts of Howes' grandson, Dr. Whiting Wicker.
Western Airlines, which was a major air carrier based in Los Angeles, served Huron for a number of years. In 1948, Western was operating Douglas DC-3 flights from the airport on a multi-stop route between Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul.  By 1956, Huron was a stop on a daily round trip flight operated by the airline between Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St. Paul operated with Convair 240 prop aircraft with routing of Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Salt Lake City - Casper - Rapid City - Pierre - Huron - Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In 1964, Western was operating Douglas DC-6B four engine propliners into the airport on a daily round trip multi-stop flight between Salt Lake City and Minneapolis/St. Paul with a routing of Salt Lake City - Casper - Rapid City - Pierre - Huron - Sioux Falls - Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Western then ceased serving Huron during the mid 1960s but continued to serve Pierre and Sioux Falls with Boeing 737-200 jet service into the 1980s before being acquired by and merged into Delta Air Lines in 1987. 
Braniff International Airways, a major airline based in Dallas, served Huron during the 1950s.  According to the April 27, 1958 Braniff system timetable, the airline was operating Douglas DC-3 service on a daily round trip routings of Kansas City - Lincoln - Omaha - Sioux City - Sioux Falls - Mitchell, SD - Huron - Watertown, SD - Minneapolis/St. Paul and also Minot - Bismarck - Aberdeen, SD - Huron - Watertown, SD - Minneapolis/St. Paul. Braniff had ceased serving Huron by the fall of 1959. 
In 1960, North Central Airlines was operating Douglas DC-3 service on direct, no change of plane flights from Huron to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Sioux Falls and Minot via intermediate stops at other regional destinations.  By 1965, North Central was serving Huron with Convair 440 propliners as well as with DC-3 aircraft and by 1967 the airline was operating Convair 580 turboprop airliners into the airport.  In 1972, North Central was operating all of its flights from Huron with Convair 580 propjets with direct, no change of plane service to Chicago O'Hare Airport, Omaha, Sioux Falls, Minot and Rochester, MN.  In 1979, North Central merged with Southern Airways to form Republic Airlines (1979-1986) which in turn continued to serve Huron with Convair 580 flights.  However, by 1982 Republic had discontinued all service into the airport. 
Huron Regional Airport covers 1,235 acres (500 ha) at an elevation of 1,289 feet (393 m) above mean sea level. It has two concrete runways: 12/30 is 7,201 by 100 feet (2,195 x 30 m) and 17/35 is 5,000 by 75 feet (1,524 x 23 m). 
In 2010 the airport had 13,452 aircraft operations, average 36 per day: 89% general aviation, 9% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. 27 aircraft were then based at this airport: 82% single- engine, 11% multi-engine, and 7% helicopter. 
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