Clinton National Airport, officially Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field, is a public use airport two miles east of Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. The airport is owned by the City of Little Rock; it was formerly Little Rock National Airport or Adams Field.
Clinton National is Arkansas’s largest commercial airport with more than 2.1 million passengers in the year March 2009 through February 2010. The airport does not have direct international passenger flights, but more than 50 flight arrive or depart at Little Rock each day, with non-stop jets to 13 cities.
It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,181,846 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 1,108,603 in 2009 and 1,097,403 in 2010.
ADAMS FIELD HISTORY
Adams Field is named after Captain George Geyer Adams, 154th Observation Squadron, Arkansas National Guard, who was killed in the line of duty on September 4, 1937. He was a strong advocate for the airport, and also a Little Rock city councilor.
American Airlines was the first airline to serve Little Rock when it first landed at Adams Field in June 1931.
During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces Third Air Force for antisubmarine patrols and training.
In 1972 the airport opened its current 12-gate terminal.
On June 1, 1999 American Airlines Flight 1420 crashed upon landing at Little Rock National Airport on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing the pilot and 10 passengers.
In August 2008 the airport approved a plan to renovate the terminal over a 15-year period. The plan would expand the terminal from 12 to 16 gates.
On March 20, 2012 the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission voted to rename the airport the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, after former Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States Bill Clinton and his wife, United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The name Adams Field will continue to be used when referring to the airport’s runways and air traffic and will be the airport’s official designator.
ADAMS FIELD LOCATION
ADAMS FIELD AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 266 ft.
Runway length available: 04R/22L 7200×150 ft. :: 04L/22R 8273×150 ft. :: 18/36 5124×150 ft.