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University Park Airport
University Park Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
Owner Pennsylvania State University
OperatorPennsylvania State University
Serves Happy Valley
Location State College, Pennsylvania
Elevation  AMSL1,239 ft / 378 m
Coordinates 40°50′57″N 77°50′55″W / 40.84917°N 77.84861°W / 40.84917; -77.84861
University Park Airport is located in Pennsylvania
University Park Airport
University Park Airport
University Park Airport is located in the US
University Park Airport
University Park Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,701 2,042 Asphalt
Aircraft Movements10,198

University Park Airport ( IATA: SCE, ICAO: KUNV, FAA LID: UNV) is a public airport located in Benner Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The airport serves the towns of State College and Bellefonte, and the surrounding area. UNV covers 1,091 acres (442 ha) and has one runway. [1]

The airport is owned by The Pennsylvania State University, but the commercial terminal building and parking areas are owned and operated by the Centre County Airport Authority. [2]It is currently served by United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines, connecting to hubs in the Northeast and Midwest.


Starting in the 1950s, private pilots in the area had constructed a small airport on land leased from Penn State, just north of State College. The Centre County Airport Authority was created to manage the development of the airport.

Penn State assumed the lease and assets of the airport in 1972. [3] A permanent passenger terminal was built in 1985. [1] A new passenger terminal was completed in 1993, and cargo operations moved to the original terminal building. The airport underwent a runway expansion project in 1997, and the main runway was lengthened to 6,701 ft (2,042 m). [4] A new general aviation hangar was built in 2001. [5]

Construction on the airport's new control tower began on January 8, 2010 [6] and was completed in early August 2011. The Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) went operational on September 1, 2011 and is operated by Midwest Air Traffic Control under the Federal Contract Tower Program.

In 2017, there were 138,423 enplanements according to the U.S. Department of Transportation making University Park Airport the 7th busiest airport in Pennsylvania.


Services at the airport include a fixed-base operator (FBO), fuel, flight planning services, aircraft repair, and hangar rental. Amenities include a snack bar in the terminal building, free Wi-Fi, charging stations for mobile devices, a pilot lounge, and conference rooms. Taxi, limousine services, and car rentals are also available. Since the airport does not have jet bridges, all aircraft board from ground-level hardstands. This means that passengers must walk onto the tarmac in order to board their flights.

Due to the airport's small size, ground handling for commercial air carriers is contracted out to third parties. Delta Air Lines is serviced by SkyWest Airlines, United Airlines is serviced by DAL Global Services, and American Airlines is serviced by Piedmont Airlines. Private aircraft are serviced by the on-site fixed-base operator Penn State Aviation Center. [7]

Airlines and destinations


American Eagle Chicago O'Hare (begins April 2, 2019), [8] Philadelphia
Delta Connection Detroit
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles


FedEx Feeder Pittsburgh


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from SCE (Aug 2017 – Jul 2018) [9]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 51,420 American
2 Detroit, Michigan 36,920 Delta
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 30,120 United
4 Washington–Dulles, Virginia 23,400 United

Annual Traffic

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2019 - 2013 229,923
2018 - 2012 230,121
2017 267,530 2011 213,929
2016 262,260 2010 211,154
2015 277,128 2009 209,777
2014 270,891 2008 201,898


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for UNV ( Form 5010 PDF), effective June 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Comprehensive Plan of the Nittany Valley Region Archived 2005-03-08 at the Wayback Machine Center County September 16, 2004, retrieved April 6, 2006
  3. ^ An Illustrated History of Penn State Archived 2008-03-05 at the Wayback Machine Michael Bezilla 1985, retrieved April 6, 2006
  4. ^ University Park Airport Receives $3.8 Million Federal Grant[ permanent dead link] The Business Journal August 30, 2004, retrieved April 6, 2006
  5. ^ Poole Anderson Construction – PSU Archived 2007-05-18 at the Wayback Machine 2002, retrieved April 6, 2006
  6. ^ Construction Begins On University Park Airport Control Tower WTAJ TV January 2010, retrieved February 20, 2010
  7. ^ "PSU Aviation Center". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  8. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "American Airlines schedules additional domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  9. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats".

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