Portsmouth International Airport at Pease
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Owner||Pease Development Authority|
|Serves||Portsmouth, New Hampshire|
|Location||Portsmouth / Newington, New Hampshire, USA|
|Elevation AMSL||100 ft / 30 m|
Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (IATA: PSM, ICAO: KPSM, FAA LID: PSM), formerly known as Pease International Airport, is a joint civil and military use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Portsmouth, a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. It is owned by the Pease Development Authority. It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.
The airport is located within the Pease International Tradeport, a result of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Pease Air Force Base which was closed under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission action in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The airport shares its runway with the Pease Air National Guard Base, which is actively utilized by the 157th Air Refueling Wing (157 ARW) of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, an Air Mobility Command (AMC)-gained Air National Guard unit slated to receive KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers. The 64th Air Refueling Squadron (64 ARS), an active duty Air Force unit of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing (22 ARW) at McConnell AFB, is also embedded and located with the 157 ARW at Pease ANGB.
Domestic and international terminal passenger service by the third iteration of Pan American Airways began in 1999 and lasted until the airline's demise in 2004; other past operators include Business Express / Delta Connection (1993–?), Allegiant Air (2005–2007), and Skybus Airlines who operated out of the airport from May 2007 until it ceased operations in April 2008.
Allegiant Air returned in October 2013, and offers service to several destinations. Frontier Airlines began offering service to their hub in Orlando, Florida, on December 6, 2018, with hopes of expanding the number of destinations offered in the future.
Facilities and aircraft
Portsmouth International Airport at Pease covers an area of 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) at an elevation of 100 feet (30 m) above mean sea level. It has one concrete and asphalt paved runway designated 16/34 which measures 11,321 by 150 feet (3,451 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2016, the airport had 46,044 aircraft operations, an average of 126 per day: 62% general aviation, 18% military, 18% air taxi and 2% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 140 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 7% jet, 4% helicopter and 6% military.
In May 2019, the Pease Development Authority approved a $24 million runway reconstruction project, expected to start in 2020 and be completed in 2021.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air|| Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda (FL)|
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, Savannah, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
|Frontier Airlines||Seasonal: Orlando (suspended)|
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- Portsmouth International Airport at Pease official website
- (PDF), effective November 7, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PSM, effective November 7, 2019
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