The Western Nebraska Regional Airport occupies 1,806 acres surrounded by farmland and center-pivot irrigation. The site became an airport in 1940, was taken over by the military in 1942, and was declared surplus and returned to the City of Scottsbluff in 1947. The county took over control of the airport in 1970. An Airport Authority Board was created in 2003. Today, this is primarily a general aviation airport, but also has regional commuter service flown by Great Lakes. That commercial passenger service feeds the Denver hub and averages 4 takeoffs/day.
This airport has no air traffic control tower. Pilots use the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) and report their progress in flight patterns, to safely transition in and out of the airport.
The airport has 41 based aircraft, including 35 single-engine props, 5 multi-engine props, and one helicopter. FAA data indicate that the airport had an estimated 28,000 operations in 2012. This averages out to 39 takeoffs per day.
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Airport Authority of Scottsbluff County
Airport Manager: Darwin Skelton, tel. (308) 635-4941