Ottumwa Regional Airport

Ottumwa Regional Airport
Ottumwa Regional Airport
Ottumwa Regional Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Ottumwa
Serves Ottumwa, Iowa
Elevation AMSL 845 ft / 258 m
Coordinates 41°06′24″N 092°26′53″W / 41.10667°N 92.44806°W / 41.10667; -92.44806
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 5,885 1,794 Asphalt/Concrete
4/22 5,178 1,578 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 16,450
Based aircraft 33
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Ottumwa Regional Airport[1][2] (IATA: OTMICAO: KOTMFAA LID: OTM), formerly known as Ottumwa Industrial Airport, is a public airport located five miles (8 km) northwest of the central business district of Ottumwa, a city in Wapello County, Iowa, United States.[1] The airport is owned by the City of Ottumwa and is operated by the Airport Advisory Board. It is listed as a general aviation airport in the National Plan of Integrated Airport System (NPIAS) and as an Enhanced Service Airport in the Iowa Aviation System Plan.[3]



Ottumwa Naval Air Station was constructed as a Naval Training Center during World War II. The facility, which is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of the central business district, served as a primary flight training center. Former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon served here from October 1942 until May 1943.[4]

In October 1947, the Navy abandoned the air station, and sold it to the City of Ottumwa. In December, 1947, Central States Airlines began commercial air service to Ottumwa. Ottumwa was later served by Braniff Airlines, and then Ozark Airlines.[5] Ozark Airlines ended service to Ottumwa in the late 1970s and was replaced by Mississippi Valley Airlines until 1983. In 1985, Ottumwa Industrial Airport was served by Great Lakes Aviation, with that service coming to an end in 2001. Since that time, Ottumwa has not been served by an air carrier.

In 2002, the City of Ottumwa, in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration constructed a new terminal at the airport, replacing the World War II-era operations building that had served as the terminal. The new facility cost nearly $1 million.

Facilities and aircraft

Ottumwa Regional Airport covers an area of 1,600 acres (650 ha) at an elevation of 845 feet (258 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 13/31 is 5,885 by 150 feet (1,794 x 46 m) with an asphalt/concrete pavement and 4/22 is 5,178 by 200 feet (1,578 x 61 m) with an asphalt surface.[1] Runway 13/31 is the primary runway, with Runway 31 having an ILS (Instrument Landing System).

For the 12-month period ending June 4, 2009, the airport had 16,450 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 45 per day. At that time there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 12% multi-engine, 9% jet, 3% helicopter and 3% ultralight.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for OTM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 2009-08-27.
  2. ^ Ottumwa Regional Airport. City of Ottumwa. Accessed 14 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Airport Summary Report: Ottumwa Industrial Airport" (PDF). Iowa Aviation System Plan. 2004. 
  4. ^ Commander Richard M. Nixon, USNR. U.S. Navy Naval Historical Center.
  5. ^ Ozark Airlines: 1950 - 1986

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