Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, also called Little Rock Municipal Airport, Adams Field, or Clinton National Airport (IATA: LIT) is a national airport located on the east side of Little Rock. Arkansas, The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, operates it.
Clinton National Airport served more than 2 million passengers in the year from March 2009 to February 2010., making it The most significant commercial airport in Arkansas. Clinton National Airport does not provide direct international flights; however, with nonstop service to 14 cities, over 50 flights arrive or depart at Little Rock every day.
The airport is incorporated in the Federal Aviation Administration National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems from 2019 to 2023, where it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. According to official FAA records, Clinton National Airport had 1,181,846 passenger boardings in 2008, around 1,108,603 in 2009, and over 1,097,403 passengers in 2010.
Little Rock's first airport was inaugurated in 1917 and was known as the Little Rock Intermediate Air Depot. The U.S. Army Signal Corps operated the airfield.
The Federal Government obtained the property to support and give landing means for the 154th Observation Squadron of the Arkansas National Guard In 1926.
In 1928, the first aircraft manufacturers were placed near to the airfield. The aircraft manufacture and modification industry have a significant presence at the airport today.
The citizens of Little Rock bought the airfield in 1930, and by next year, commercial air fights by American Airways, now known as American Airlines, had started.
Today, the airport is formally known as Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Its other name Adams Field comes from Captain George Geyer Adams. He was from the 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, and was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937. During his lengthy tenure with the Little Rock City Council, Captain Adams heavily contributed to helping the growth of the airport. American Airlines was the first airline company to serve Little Rock when it first arrived at Adams Field on June 19, 1931.
Between World War I and II, the airfield grew from 40 acres to 640 acres. From one grassy runway to three hard-surfaced tracks and quickly became a vital hub for military and commercial air service.
The War Department gain control of the airport for antisubmarine patrols and training. However, The City of Little Rock retrieved the authority soon after the war and re-organized daily commercial air flights.
In 1953, the airport got significant runway renovations, and the very first ILS (Instrument Landing System) was installed soon after.
First jets came to Clinton National Airport in the 60s, and in 1972 the airport opened its 12-gate terminal., and a second commercial service runway was inaugurated in 1991.
During the 90s, more than 170 million dollars in capital improvements were executed at Little Rock Municipal Airport to assure that the facility would remain in service to its customers in the new century.
In August 2008, the airport passed a plan to renew the terminal over 15 years. The project would extend the terminal from 12 to 16 gates.
In 2012, the airport was renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, but the name Adams Field sill continues to be used when mentioning the airport's runways and air traffic.
In 2014 the airport announced a concourse remodeling as part of their 15-year 2020 Vision Plan.
In 2013, Travel + Leisure published a survey of passengers that classified Clinton National Airport as the worst of the 67 domestic airports included in the study. The survey article mentioned long, lack of food and shopping choices, with other criticisms. A poll commissioned by the airport contradicted Travel + Leisure's study, saying that more than 90% of travelers were satisfied with their experience.
Clinton National Airport stretches across 2,000 acres at an elevation of 266 feet above mean sea level. It has three runways: 4L/22R is 8,273 by 150 feet, 4R/22L is 8,251 by 150 feet, and 18/36 is 6,224 by 150 feet. It has a single helipad sized 50 by 50 feet.
By the end of the year 2019, the airport had more than ninety thousand aircraft operations, averaging 263 per day. These flights were split between these categories: 38% for general aviation, 25% for scheduled commercial, 23% for military, and 14% for air taxi services. 145 aircraft were based at this airport: 51 jets, 35 multi-engine, 54 single-engine, and five helicopters. The military operations are mostly C-130 carriers from closeby Little Rock Air Force Base training touch-and-go landings.
Dassault Aircraft Services operates a large department at the airport. Two Falcon aircraft operations take place in Clinton National Airport: A company-owned service center and the primary completion center for all Falcon jets worldwide. Current Falcons are built in France, then flow to the completion center where exteriors are painted, avionics, and custom interiors are installed. Dassault Aircraft Services provides maintenance, modification, inspection, completion, and repair needs for the Falcon products. Completion Center and The Dassault Aircraft Services combined occupy a total of 1,000,000 square feet.