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Chico Municipal Airport


Chico Municipal Airport

Chico Municipal Airport
Chico Army Airfield
USGS 2006 Orthophoto
Airport type City of Chico
Owner City of Chico
Serves Chico, California
Location Chico, California, 4 miles (6 km) N of downtown Chico
Elevation AMSL 72.5 ft / 22 m
Coordinates 39°47′43″N 121°51′30″W / 39.79528°N 121.85833°W / 39.79528; -121.85833Coordinates: 39°47′43″N 121°51′30″W / 39.79528°N 121.85833°W / 39.79528; -121.85833

Chico Municipal Airport runway diagram
Chico Municipal Airport runway diagram
Location of Chico Municipal Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13L/31R 6,724 2,049 Asphalt
13R/31L 3,005 916 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 64 20 Concrete

Chico Municipal Airport (IATA: CICICAO: KCICFAA LID: CIC), often called CMA, is a public airport four miles (6 km) north of Chico, in Butte County, California. The airport covers 1,475 acres (6 km²) and has two runways and one helipad. It is used for general aviation but sees one airline. The airport's fixed base operator, , provides fuel, maintenance, flight training and charter flights for business and personal travel.

Airline and destination


Past airline service & Pacific Express

Airlines once at Chico were American Eagle, Hughes Airwest, Pacific Express, Reno Air Express and WestAir (United Express).

Southwest Airways and its successors were the only airline at Chico from 1947 until June 1979. Hughes Airwest flew DC-9s; in 1982-84 Pacific Express had BAC One-Elevens. Both flew to San Francisco and Hughes Airwest flew to Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Portland, OR, San Jose, CA and other cities. Prior to the DC-9s Air West had Fairchild F-27s to San Francisco and Portland. In 1982-84 Pacific Express had one BAC-1-11 departure a day to Sacramento or SFO; American Eagle, Reno Air Express and WestAir had smaller turboprops such as the BAe Jetstream 31 mainly to San Francisco or San Jose.

Chico now sees SkyWest Airlines (United Express) Embraer EMB-120s to San Francisco.

Pacific Express was based in Chico; it expired in early 1984. Pacific Express flew to 22 cities in California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Washington with BAC One-Elevens and Boeing 737-200s. The airline had ordered new BAe 146-200s but never took delivery; they went to Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). Pacific Express had a code sharing agreement with Pan Am.


In the late 1930s the City of Chico acquired about 160 acres (0.6 km²) five miles (8 km) north of what was then the City limits and built an airport hangar and runway. Until 1941 this airport was leased to a fixed-base operator. During 1941 the City acquired an additional 1,000 acres (4 km²) for the purpose of leasing the Airport to the United States Government.

World War II

On 11 September 1941 when the City Council of Chico signed a lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representing the War Department for the use of 1,045 acres of land at $1 per year with an option to buy. The City also provided all utilities and service roads to the field. Between four and five million dollars were allocated for construction of all needed facilities in a very short time, as at other bases. Eventually 140 buildings as well as runways, aprons and service roads were built.

Chico Army Airfield was under the command of the 10th Army Air Force Base Unit, AAF West Coast Training Center, Army Air Forces Training Command. Chico AAF also had five auxiliary landing fields:

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