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Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport
Adams Field
Clinton National Airport logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner City of Little Rock
Operator Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 34°43′46″N 092°13′29″W / 34.72944°N 92.22472°W / 34.72944; -92.22472Coordinates: 34°43′46″N 092°13′29″W / 34.72944°N 92.22472°W / 34.72944; -92.22472

Location of airport in Arkansas / United States

Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 8,273 2,522 Concrete
4R/22L 8,251 2,515 Concrete
18/36 6,224 1,897 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 93,509
Based aircraft 139
Passengers (2016) 1,899,000
Sources: FAA, Airport website

Clinton National Airport (IATA: LITICAO: KLITFAA LID: LIT), officially Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, is a public use airport two miles east of Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. The airport is owned by the City of Little Rock; it was formerly Little Rock National Airport or Adams Field.

Clinton National is Arkansas's largest commercial airport with more than 2.1 million passengers in the year March 2009 through February 2010. The airport does not have direct international passenger flights, but more than 50 flights arrive or depart at Little Rock each day, with non-stop jets to 13 cities.

It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,181,846 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 1,108,603 in 2009 and 1,097,403 in 2010.


Adams Field was named after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937. He was a strong advocate for the airport, and also a Little Rock city councilor.

American Airlines was the first airline to serve Little Rock when it first landed at Adams Field in June 1931.

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training.

In 1972 the airport opened its current 12-gate terminal.

On June 1, 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing the captain and 10 passengers.

In August 2008 the airport approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The plan would expand the terminal from 12 to 16 gates.

On March 20, 2012 the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after former Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States Bill Clinton and his wife, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The name Adams Field will continue to be used when referring to the airport's runways and air traffic and will be the airport's official designator.

In October 2013, Travel + Leisure released a survey of travelers that ranked Clinton National Airport as the worst of the 67 domestic airports considered in the survey. The survey report cited long lines and few food and shopping choices, among other criticisms. Subsequent surveys contradict Travel + Leisure's claim finding that more than 90 percent of passengers were satisfied with their experience.

Facilities and aircraft

The airport, from an approach road
Welcoming sign at terminal

Clinton National Airport covers 2,000 acres (809 ha) at an elevation of 266 feet (81 m) above mean sea level. It has three concrete runways: 4L/22R is 8,273 by 150 feet (2,522 x 46 m); 4R/22L is 8,251 by 150 feet (2,515 x 46 m); 18/36 is 6,224 by 150 feet (1,897 x 46 m). It has one concrete helipad 50 by 50 feet (15 x 15 m).

In the year ending January 31, 2012, the airport had 93,509 aircraft operations, an average of 256 per day: 40% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 18% scheduled commercial, and 17% military (mostly C-130 transports from nearby Little Rock Air Force Base practicing touch-and-go landings). 139 aircraft were then based at this airport: 45% single-engine, 34% jet, 18% multi-engine, and 3% helicopter.

Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, operates a large facility at the airport. It is the site of two Falcon aircraft operations: the main Completion Center for all Falcon jets worldwide, and the company-owned Service Center. Current production model Falcons are manufactured in France, then flown in "green" condition to the Completion Center where optional avionics and custom interiors are installed, and exteriors are painted. Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock provides inspection, maintenance, modification, completion and repair needs for the Falcon product line. The Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) – Little Rock Service Center and Completion Center combined occupy total nearly 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2), making Little Rock the largest Dassault facility in the world.


The single terminal has 12 gates. Six gates are along the length of the terminal (three on either side) and a rotunda at the end has six more.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations 
Allegiant Air Orlando/Sanford
Seasonal: Los Angeles

American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth

Delta Air Lines Atlanta

Delta Connection Detroit

GLO Airlines
operated by CFM
New Orleans
Seasonal: Fort Walton Beach

Southwest Airlines Dallas–Love, Las Vegas, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis

United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental


Airline Destinations
UPS Airlines Louisville, Oklahoma City, Portland (OR)

Other cargo services

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