Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (Guide)

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is located in the northwest part of Arkansas, in Highfill, in the United States. It is 15 nautical miles (28 km) far from Fayetteville and ten nautical miles (19 km) from Springdale. The official IATA code for the airport is - XNA (ICAO: KXNA, FAA LID: XNA).

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Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (Guide)

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is located in the northwest part of Arkansas, in Highfill, in the United States. It is 15 nautical miles (28 km) far from Fayetteville and ten nautical miles (19 km) from Springdale. The official IATA code for the airport is - XNA (ICAO: KXNA, FAA LID: XNA).

Also, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is shortly called as XNA, and the code exists in the official logo as well: "Fly XNA." The daily non-stop flights are to major cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

The mission of the authority of XNA

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport authority is called: "NWARAA," and it contains five cities and two counties. Among them are the following towns: Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale, and as for counties: Benton and Washington. Each of them has two members in the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors aims to build and maintain the airport amenities, including runways, infrastructure, staff, and finances, to answer the modern aviation facility. The mission of authorities is to respond to the demands adequately, ensure the safety of passengers, and make XNA the exciting New Airport in the country.

Furthermore, the Board of Directors does not plan to build extra facilities and constructions, which will not be needful and, at the same time, will only ruin financial management. They are sure that future steps are essential, but only precise measures should be taken incorrectly time.

Foundation and History

The first steps of constructing a new regional airport date in 1950, but it was an unsuccessful attempt. After that, in 1990, the Northwest Arkansas Council launched a new project, the process of construction took eight years and finally Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport was officially opened in 1998, on 1st November. President Clinton announced the opening of the country's third commercial airport after Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver.

In 1999, Atlantic Southeast Airlines started operating, and as a result, XNA regional airport was connected to Atlanta and DFW. With the help of Northwest Airlines new service was added to Memphis. In 2000, the direct flight was launched from XNA to Charlotte and North Carolina, with the start-up of American Eagle and U.S. Air. Afterward, American and Trans World Airlines started to operate in Chicago and St. Louis.

In 2007 the new project of expansion was announced by the authorities. That allowed eight more planes to board. In 2010, the ticket counter was renewed, and more than 51.000 square feet, with 12 upper-level gates were added to the east side of the airport.

In 2019, the airport name was changed from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport to Northwest Arkansas National Airport, to attract more airline services.

FAA statistics

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport had 547,871 passenger boardings in 2008, and it was better than in 2009 when the airport handled 530,087 enplanements. The rate was improved in 2010 with - 549,195 passengers.