Albany International Airport is an airport of entry serving Albany, New York. It is located in the Town of Colonie, New York, about 6 miles (10 km) north of Albany.
Albany International Airport can accept most aircraft. In the past, most airlines operated mainline aircraft to ALB, and the biggest aircraft that flew into ALB was Air Force One (Boeing 747) in 1995, and Air Canada's Airbus A340-300 (which has seating for 286) made an unscheduled arrival on December 21, 2007. Occasionally Delta runs a Boeing 757-200 during holiday periods, and many times a week, UPS runs a 757-200 in for cargo. Today, about half of the planes that depart and land in ALB are operated by regional aircraft. The only airlines to still operate mainline aircraft are Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways. The largest passenger aircraft to fly into ALB today is the Boeing 737-400, which is operated by US Airways. However, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines do use an Airbus A320 on their routes from Detroit, MI, and Chicago, IL, with seating for 148 passengers. Although the airport is significant and well-equipped, it is essentially a domestic airport, with its only scheduled international flights to Canada.
ALB has pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi access throughout the entire airport provided by WiFiFee.
- American Eagle will be ending service to ALB on November 5th. Originally ALB had service by American Airlines, but ended after 9/11.
- Albany International Airport is unique because it is one of the only 4 airports in the world using dual jetbridges (one bridge for the back, one for the front). However, only Southwest Airlines uses them.
- US Airways used to have major operations at Albany. Including its own hangar, US Airways Club, MetroJet services to Orlando and Baltimore, and dozens of mainline flights a day. These services were cut down when US Airways went bankrupt in the period after the 9/11 attacks.
- Construction has recently been completed on the runway extension for runway 1/19. The runway now measures .
- With the January 2006 shutdown of Independence Air, the airport is in further discussions with JetBlue Airways (which serves all other major upstate airports), AirTran (which served Albany for a brief period in the late 1990s) , and Frontier Airlines to expand service to the airport.
- In the past ALB had been serviced by Delta Express flying to Orlando and Tampa, MetroJet flying to Orlando and Baltimore. In those airlines' final years of operation, when they flew alongside Southwest Airlines, Albany had up to eight flights to Orlando.
- ALB has become a focus city for Cape Air flying to Watertown, Ogdensburg, and Massena.
In early 2001, CommutAir
started to invest in an Albany hub. The hub was to connect smaller cities with bigger cities with Continental Express and mainline. At its peak CommutAir served Allentown, Bangor, Binghamton, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Elmira, Portland, Harrisburg, Nantucket, Scranton, La Guardia, Islip, Hartford, White Plains, Manchester, Providence, Syracuse, Rochester, Lake Placid, Montreal, Ottawa, and Plattsburgh. The hub was closed down in late 2005 to shift operations to Cleveland. Most of the markets did do very well.
The hub was served by Beachcraft 1900's operated by CommutAir for Continental Connection.
The Anticipated Concourse D
There have been discussions between the Town of Colonie and The Albany Airport Board regarding the construction of a new concourse. The concourse will be built to satisfy the needs of a growing US Airways and Southwest.
The new concourse will also be useful to attract new airlines to ALB. The concourse will have approximately 10 gates. However, there is insufficient space for the new facility on airport property at this time.
Airlines and destinations
Concourse A has 7 gates.
Concourse B has 11 gates.
Concourse C has 4 gates.
- American Airlines (Chicago, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis)
- Delta Express (Orlando,Tampa)
- Eastern Airlines (Atlanta)
- Mall Airways (Long Island Macarthur (NY), Montreal Dorval (QC), Syracuse (NY), Toronto (ON))
- MetroJet (Balitimore,Orlando]]
- Midway Airlines (Philadelphia)
- Piedmont Airlines (Baltimore, Charlotte)
- Pan Am (New York, Hartford)
- Trans World Express (Binghamton (NY), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Burlington (VT), Hartford/Springfield (CT/MA), Ithaca (NY), Long Island Islip (NY), New York LaGuardia (NY), Newark (NJ), Plattsburg (NY), Providence (RI), Rochester (NY), Saranac Lake (NY), Syracuse (NY), Washington National (DC), Westchester County)
||Percent of Total Enplanements in 2007 |
|Independence Air (ceased operations January 2006)