John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport
|Owner||Johnstown–Cambria County Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||2,284 ft / 696 m|
John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport (IATA: JST, ICAO: KJST, FAA LID: JST) is a civil-military airport three miles (5 km) northeast of Johnstown, in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. It is owned by Johnstown–Cambria County Airport Authority and is named after the late Congressman John Murtha. It sees one airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 7,634 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 7,956 in 2009 and 8,457 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
Johnstown–Cambria County Airport is home to several military units. The airport houses the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (Company's HHC, A, C, D, and E) and Det 1, Company C, 2-104 General Support Aviation Battalion (Air Ambulance). It also houses the 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron (258 ATCS) of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, and Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 (MWSS-471), Detachment A of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW) of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The military units which are flying units use helicopters, rather than fixed-wing aircraft.
The airport opened in 1948 as Johnstown Municipal Airport, Its first passenger airline flights were TWA DC-3s in 1948; All American Airways replaced TWA in 1949 and successor Allegheny Airlines was replaced by Allegheny Commuter in 1970. When US Airways' prop affiliate ended flights to Altoona and Pittsburgh, United Express started flights to Altoona and Washington–Dulles.
It has only two scheduled flights and little other activity, but as of January 2016, the airport had received almost $200 million in federal subsidies. That funding has not been used to subsidize the facility's operations, including the terminal; it has instead been used to construct a concrete reinforced runway for military purposes and to build military installations near the airport. The airport is in the bottom 28% of all facilities receiving EAS funding. In 2004, an $8 million air traffic radar system was installed at the airport; it is operated by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
In 2017 the airport had 20,036 aircraft operations, average 55 per day: 47% general aviation, 42% military, and 11% airline. 54 aircraft were then based at the airport: 21 single-engine, 4 multi-engine, 2 jet, 1 helicopter and 26 military.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled passenger flights:
|Boutique Air||Baltimore, Pittsburgh|||
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|Rank||City||Airport name & IATA code||Passengers|
|1||Pittsburgh, PA||Pittsburgh International (PIT)||2,080|
|2||Baltimore, MD||Baltimore–Washington International (BWI)||980|
|3||Washington, DC||Washington Dulles International (IAD)||670|
Accidents and incidents
- On January 6, 1974, Commonwealth Commuter Flight 317 crashed on approach to Runway 33, killing 12 of 17 on board.
- FAA Airport Master Record for JST ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
"Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in
"Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in
"2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012. External link in
- "Murtha Joins in Dedicating New Marine Corps Center". Press Release. Congressman Jack Murtha. December 3, 2000.
- "History: Timeline". JohnstownCafe.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19.
- Leonnig, Carol D. (April 19, 2009). "Murtha's Earmarks Keep Airport Aloft". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
- "Remote Murtha Airport Lands Big Bucks". CNN. April 23, 2009.
- "Airport Fact Sheet". John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport.
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2002-11451) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2002-9-23 (October 1, 2002): selecting Colgan Air, Inc., to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period at a combined annual subsidy rate of $847,576.
- Order 2005-4-9 (April 8, 2005): reselects Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a U.S. Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a two-year period, and establishes a combined subsidy rate of $1,358,551 per year for service consisting of 18 nonstop round trips each week between Altoona and Washington (Dulles), and 18 nonstop round trips each week between Johnstown and Pittsburgh, with 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.
- Order 2007-2-17 (February 16, 2007): selecting Colgan Air Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service (EAS) at Altoona consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Washington Dulles, and at Johnstown consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh. The combined annual subsidy is $2,364,462 based on service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, and all service would be operated as US Airways Express.
- Order 2008-6-10 (June 10, 2008): re-selecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, at a total annual subsidy rate of $2,788,845, for the period from June 15, 2008, through June 30, 2010.
- Order 2010-5-10 (May 10, 2010): selecting Colgan Air Inc., operating as United Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,348,294, for the two-year period from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.
- Ninety-Day Notice (March 8, 2012): from Colgan Airlines, Inc. of termination of Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania
- Order 2012-3-14 (March 23, 2012): prohibits Colgan Airlines, Inc. d/b/a United Airlines Express, from terminating service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA; Victoria, TX; Staunton, VA; and Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, and Morgantown, WV, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e. July 8, 2012. We are also requesting proposals by April 25, 2012, from air carriers interested in providing replacement Essential Air Service (EAS) at Victoria, TX; and Staunton, VA, for a new term, with or without subsidy.
- Order 2012-4-30 (April 26, 2012): selecting Silver Airways, formerly Gulfstream International Airways, to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Washington Dulles International Airport, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,997,187. Service to be provided will be 18 weekly nonstop and one-stop round trips over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles or Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for the two-year period beginning when the carrier begins full EAS at both communities.
- John Murtha Johnstown–Cambria County Airport, official site
- Johnstown–Cambria County Airport at Pennsylvania DOT Bureau of Aviation
- 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron, Air National Guard
- MTT Aviation Services, the fixed-base operator (FBO)
- Aerial image as of April 1993 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective January 2, 2020
- FAA Terminal Procedures for JST, effective January 2, 2020
- Resources for this airport: