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Bangor International Airport

Bangor International Airport
Airport information
 Location of the Airport in Maine
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCity of Bangor
ServesBangor, Maine
Elevation59 m (192 ft)

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: For the United States Air Force use of this facility, see Bangor Air National Guard Base and Dow Air Force Base

Bangor International Airport is a joint civil-military public airport located 3 mi (4.8 km) west of the city of Bangor, in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. It is owned and operated by the City of Bangor and was formerly a military installation known as Dow Air Force Base. The airport possesses a single runway measuring 11439 ft (3486.6 m) long and 200 ft (61 m) wide. Despite the departure of most of the Air Force presence in the late 1960s, Bangor International Airport remains the home of a small Air Force contingent in the form of an Air National Guard Base. This installation is hosted by the 101st Air Refueling Wing of the Maine Air National Guard, flying the KC-135 Stratotanker.

The airport owes its prosperity to its location on the Great Circle Route, or major air corridor, between Europe and the East Coast of the United States. The 'international' in the airport's name thus doesn't refer to its proximity to Canada (to which it has no regular flights), but its role in transatlantic commerce.

Bangor International is operated as an "enterprise fund", which means that the expense of operating it comes from airport revenue. Revenues are generated by air service operations, resident aviation related industrial companies, real estate, cargo, international charter flights, and corporate/general aviation traffic. The airport serves the residents of central, eastern, and northern Maine as well as parts of Canada. BGR is the airport's official designation. The airport is one of three international airports in the state of Maine.

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