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South Arkansas Regional Airport
at Goodwin Field
South Arkansas Regional Airport logo.jpg
El Dorado ELD.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of El Dorado
Serves El Dorado, Arkansas
Elevation AMSL 277 ft / 84 m
Coordinates 33°13′16″N 092°48′48″W / 33.22111°N 92.81333°W / 33.22111; -92.81333
ELD is located in Arkansas
Location in Arkansas
ELD is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Runway Length Surface
ft m
4/22 6,601 2,012 Asphalt
13/31 5,100 1,554 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2020) 18,020
Based aircraft (2022) 19

South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field (IATA: ELDICAO: KELDFAA LID: ELD) is nine miles west of El Dorado, in Union County, Arkansas. It was served by SeaPort Airlines, a service subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service program at a cost of $1,977,153 (per year). SeaPort Airlines ceased operations on September 20, 2016.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2021–2025 categorized it as a general aviation airport (the commercial service category requires at least 2,500 enplanements per year).

The first airline flights were on Chicago and Southern in 1945; Trans-Texas arrived in 1953 and Delta/C&S soon pulled out. The last TI Convair 600 left in 1977.

Facilities and aircraft

El Dorado ELD
Aerial view of airport

The airport covers an area of 1,540 acres (623 ha) at an elevation of 277 feet (84 m) above mean sea level. It has two active asphalt paved runways: 4/22 is 6,601 by 150 feet (2,012 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 5,100 by 100 feet (1,554 x 30 m). Former runway 17/35 is closed indefinitely, it had a concrete surface measuring 3,733 by 75 feet (1,138 x 23 m).

For the 12-month period ending May 30, 2008, the airport had 21,936 aircraft operations, an average of 60 per day: 73% general aviation, 13% air taxi, 11% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 21 aircraft based at this airport: 62% single-engine, 14% multi-engine, and 24% jet.

Airline and destinations

Airlines Destinations 
Contour Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Nashville (begins TBA)


Carrier shares for Dec 2014-Nov2015
Carrier Passengers (arriving and departing)
Top domestic destinations (Dec 2014 – Nov 2015)
Rank City Airport Passengers
1 Hot Springs, AR Memorial Field Airport (HOT) 1,860
2 Dallas, TX Dallas Love Field (DAL) 1,720
3 Houston, TX Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) 480

Other sources

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2935) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
        • FAA Terminal Procedures for ELD, effective 15 December 2011
  • Resources for this airport:
    • FAA airport information for ELD
    • AirNav airport information for KELD
    • ASN accident history for ELD
    • FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
    • NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
    • SkyVector aeronautical chart, Terminal Procedures
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