Since the 1930s, the Fort Smith Regional Airport has been a vital transportation center for the Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma region.
The Fort Smith Regional Airport is self-supporting and is governed by a seven-member commission appointed by the Mayor of the City of Fort Smith. Airport management and staff aspire to fulfill the charge of its mission statement: “As the ‘Airpor...t of Choice’, the Fort Smith Regional Airport will be self-sustaining, exceed the expectations of quality service, and meet the air transportation and economic development needs of customers and partners.”
The airport currently has 13 full-time and 2 part-time employees, with ARFF and LEO provided by contract. In 2016 the airport had 87,488 enplanements, handled 16,841 total pounds of cargo and had 44,527 operations. The 2017 operating budget is $3,039,600 and the capital budget is $3,166,500.