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Clinton National Airport
Adams Field
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport logo.svg
Little Rock National Airport - AR - 25 Mar 2001.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Little Rock
Operator Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission
Serves Little Rock
Opened June 19, 1931 (93 years ago) (1931-06-19)
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 34°43′48″N 92°13′12″W / 34.73000°N 92.22000°W / 34.73000; -92.22000
LIT is located in Arkansas
Location in Arkansas
LIT is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Runway Length Surface
ft m
04L/22R 8,273 2,522 Concrete
04R/22L 8,251 2,515 Concrete
18/36 6,224 1,897 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 50 15 Concrete
Statistics (2021)
Total passengers 1,695,061
Aircraft operations (through year ending 2/28/2021) 61,278
Sources: Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (IATA: LITICAO: KLITFAA LID: LIT), also known as Adams Field, is a joint civil-military airport on the east side of Little Rock, Arkansas. It is operated by the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission.

The largest commercial airport in Arkansas, it served more than 2.1 million passengers in the year spanning from March 2009 through to February 2010. While Clinton National Airport does not have direct international passenger flights, more than 50 flights arrive or depart at Little Rock each day, with nonstop service to 14 cities. The airport is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–2023, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.


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

Other cargo services

See also

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