Harrisburg International saw its first flight in 1918 as an army base, serving the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army. After World War II, this base was renamed the Olmsted Air Force Base. By the time it was decommissioned in 1969, the base had grown to employ 11,400 civilians. At this point, Harrisburg International Airport began to serve the public, under the ownership of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Commercial service began in 1969, and has been running ever since.
Harrisburg International Airport (FAA Code: MDT) is the third largest airport in Pennsylvania, which features daily non-stop flights to seventeen cities and one-stop flights to destinations around the world. Airlines serving HIA include Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines. In 2019, the airport set a new passenger traffic record serving more than 1.5 million passengers for the first time in history (FOX 43).
According to HIA, “Our focus is to provide passengers with an altogether better travel experience. HIA offers an option to fly closer to home without the need to travel to other major airports. Both business and leisure travelers find convenience in the location and size of our airport, reducing the stress of travel. Closer to home, altogether better.”
Although HIA is generally known for airline services, a number of central PA companies have their corporate flight departments based at HIA and AvFlight Harrisburg is ready to handle all types of general aviation needs.