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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
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Airport type Public
Owner Tompkins County
Serves Ithaca, New York
Elevation AMSL 1,099 ft / 335 m
Coordinates 42°29′28″N 076°27′30″W / 42.49111°N 76.45833°W / 42.49111; -76.45833
Runway Length Surface
ft m
14/32 6,977... 2,012 Asphalt
15/33 2,018 615 Turf
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 53,038
Based aircraft 62
Source: FAA and airport web site
ITH - FAA airport diagram
FAA diagram of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (IATA: ITHICAO: KITHFAA LID: ITH) is a county-owned public-use airport three miles (5 km) northeast of the central business district of Ithaca, the county seat and largest city in Tompkins County, New York, United States. The airport is near New York State Route 13. It serves the southern Finger Lakes Region. It is used for private as well as commercial passenger and freight aviation.

For over 50 years, the East Hill Flying Club has been at the airport. The club offers lessons and the use of seven small planes to its members. Taughannock Aviation which provides business jet charter and management is the fixed base operator for the airport.


The original Ithaca Municipal Airport was located west of downtown Ithaca, near the inlet of Cayuga Lake. Its single short runway, proximity to the Lehigh Valley freight yards on the south side, the Cayuga Lake marshes on the north side, and fog in the lake valley limited its growth. Cornell University opened the existing airport on East Hill in 1948 and transferred its ownership to the County in 1956. The former airport site is now Cass Park, including an airplane hangar which was renovated in 1975 to house the Hangar Theatre.

In 1994, the runway was extended from 5,801 feet (1,768 m) in length to its present 6,601 feet (2,012 m) and an entirely new, 33,000 square foot (3,000 m²) terminal building opened, replacing the cramped, aging original building. The airport name changed from Tompkins County Airport to its current name on March 20, 2001. The northwest-facing runway 32 has an instrument landing system approach and an associated medium intensity approach light system with runway alignment lights. Runway 14, facing southeast, has an instrument approach based on the VOR/DME located at the airport. A short turf runway was built parallel to the paved runway, but during the 1980s another turf runway oriented north-south was available to the west of the terminal building and was approximately 1,802 feet (549 m) long and 100 feet (30 m) wide.

Commercial traffic peaked in 1990 at 226,813 passengers. By 2000, the airport lost three of its major carriers. The airport was hurt by the small size of the market, relative proximity to Syracuse Hancock International Airport and other regional airports, and crowded conditions in Northeastern airspace. Trans World Airlines, United Airlines, and finally Continental Airlines left to serve more profitable routes, leaving US Airways the sole carrier.

In late 2004, after negotiations with the County, Northwest Airlines agreed to add Northwest Airlink service to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, which began on May 2, 2005. US Airways nonstop service to Pittsburgh resumed on November 9, 2005 but stopped again on April 1, 2006 due to low use. (Pittsburgh is a US Airways focus city.) Passenger traffic improved with the additional service; the airport served about 140,000 passengers in 2004, increasing to around 170,000 in 2007.

On October 6, 2008, Continental Connection resumed service between Ithaca and Newark Liberty International Airport with four daily flights.

Facilities and aircraft

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport covers an area of 531 acres (215 ha) which contains two runways: 14/32 with 6,601 x 150 ft (2,012 x 46 m) asphalt pavement and 15/33 with a 2,018 x 50 ft (615 x 15 m) turf surface.

For the 12-month period ending October 31, 2006, the airport had 53,038 aircraft operations, an average of 145 per day: 77% general aviation, 20% scheduled commercial, 2% air taxi and <1% military. At that time there were 62 aircraft based at this airport: 68% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 16% jet and 2% ultralight.

Cornell kept much of the land surrounding the airport to build a research park.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Detroit
United Express operated by CommutAir Newark
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin Philadelphia
US Airways Express operated by Mesaba New York-LaGuardia
US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines Philadelphia
Continental Airlines Newark

Ground transportation


TCAT Route 32 travels to the Commons and Cornell University Monday through Friday, As of 2010, Route 72 serves the airport on weekends.


Ithaca Dispatch (Cayuga, University, Yellow Cab) operates a taxi stand at the airport, although it may be necessary to call in advance, especially during peak hours. Fares to and from the airport are standardized.

  • New York State DOT Airport DiagramPDF
  • FAA Airport Diagram (PDF), effective 15 December 2011
  • Resources for this airport:
    • AirNav airport information for KITH
    • ASN accident history for ITH
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart for KITH
    • FAA current ITH delay information
  • Flight tracking info via Flight Stats [1]

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