Joplin Regional Airport Article

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Joplin Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Joplin
Serves Joplin, Missouri
Elevation  AMSL981 ft / 299 m
Coordinates 37°09′06″N 094°29′54″W / 37.15167°N 94.49833°W / 37.15167; -94.49833
JOPLIN REGIONAL AIRPORT Latitude and Longitude:

37°09′06″N 094°29′54″W / 37.15167°N 94.49833°W / 37.15167; -94.49833
JLN is located in Missouri
Location of airport in Missouri / United States
JLN is located in the US
JLN (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,501 1,982 Asphalt
18/36 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
5/23 3,604 1,098 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2016)25,425
Based aircraft (2017)126

Joplin Regional Airport ( IATA: JLN, ICAO: KJLN, FAA LID: JLN) is a city-owned airport four miles north of Joplin, in Jasper County, Missouri. [1] It has airline service subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 26,380 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2014, [2] and 28,302 in 2015. [3] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility. [4]


An American Eagle ( Executive Airlines) ATR-72 arrives operating American's inaugural flight to Joplin (2011)
An American Eagle ( Mesa Airlines) Bombardier CRJ-900 overnights at gate 1 preparing to return to Dallas/Fort Worth the next morning (2017)
A pair of American Eagle ( Envoy Air) Embraer aircraft await return to Dallas/Fort Worth (2017)

In the 1990s and early-mid-2000s Joplin had flights to St. Louis, Missouri by RegionsAir (" AmericanConnection") and to Memphis, Tennessee by Mesaba Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines (" Northwest Airlink"). [5] [6]

Air Midwest commenced service to Kansas City International Airport on August 1, 2006 (operating as US Airways Express) [7] The airline also started flying to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on October 5, 2006 (operating as Mesa Airlines). [8]

In 2007 Great Lakes Airlines began EAS-subsidised service to Kansas City International Airport after the end of commercial service by Mesa Airlines. The airline flew under its own certificate, but flights were code-shares with United Airlines. Air Midwest ended service to Joplin in 2009. [9] Great Lakes Airlines ended service on February 10, 2011, the day before American Eagle Airlines began daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Joplin.

On February 11, 2011, American Airlines, operated by American Eagle as Executive Airlines began service between Joplin and Dallas/Fort Worth. [9]

Executive Airlines has terminated service to Joplin as American Eagle operated by Envoy Air, Mesa Airlines, and ExpressJet Airlines now operate regional jets to Dallas/Fort Worth.

American Airlines flew to Joplin from the 1940s until 1963; the first jets were Ozark DC-9s in 1968.


The airport covers 970 acres (393 ha) at an elevation of 981 feet (299 m). It has three asphalt runways: 13/31 is 6,501 by 150 feet (1,982 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,500 by 100 feet (1,981 x 30 m); 5/23 is 3,604 by 75 feet (1,098 x 23 m). [1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2016, the airport had 25,425 aircraft operations, an average of 69 per day: 94% general aviation, 5% airline, and 1% military. In May 2017 there were 126 aircraft were then based at the airport: 105 single-engine, 10 multi-engine, 6 jets, 2 helicopters, and 3 ultralights. [1]

The fixed based operators (FBOs) at Joplin Regional Airport are Alpha Air Center and Mizzou Aviation, both located near the General Aviation terminal.

Airline and destination

Scheduled passenger service:

American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for JLN ( Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. effective May 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2014" (PDF). CY 2014 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF, 1.0 MB) on July 5, 2016. External link in |work= ( help)
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2015" (PDF). CY 2015 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF, 189 KB) on July 5, 2016. External link in |work= ( help)
  4. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. ^ "TWA North America Destinations" (PDF). Trans World Airlines ( Archived from the original ( PDF) on November 25, 2001.
  6. ^ "TWExpress Midwest Routes" (PDF). Trans World Airlines ( Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2001.
  7. ^ "Mesa Air Group Begins Service at Joplin, Missouri as US Airways Express". Press Release. Mesa Air Group. August 1, 2006.
  8. ^ "Mesa Air Group Announces Additional Nonstop Service From Joplin to Dallas/Ft Worth". Press Release. Mesa Air Group. August 1, 2006.
  9. ^ a b "American begins air service in Joplin on Feb. 11". Joplin Independent. January 16, 2011.

Other sources

  • Essential Air Service documents ( Docket OST-2006-23932) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2006-5-11 (May 12, 2006): selecting Air Midwest, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide essential air service at Joplin, Missouri, for a two-year period at a subsidy of $849,757 annually.
    • Order 2008-7-8 (July 3, 2008): selecting Great Lakes Airlines, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Grand Island, Nebraska; Joplin, Missouri; El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, and Hot Springs, Arkansas; at a combined annual subsidy of $9,159,331 ($2,271,640 for Grand Island, $2,311,637 for El Dorado/Camden, $1,587,067 for Harrison, $1,991,307 for Hot Springs, and $997,680 for Joplin), for a two-year period beginning when Great Lakes inaugurates full EAS through the end of the 24th month thereafter.
    • Order 2010-9-9 (September 8, 2010): selecting Executive Airlines d/b/a American Eagle Airlines to provide essential air service (EAS) at Joplin, Missouri, for an annual subsidy of $2,778,756, for a two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates service.

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