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Mason City Municipal Airport

Mason City Municipal Airport
Airport information
 Location of Mason City Municipal Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorMason City
LocationMason City, Iowa
Elevation369.7 m (1213 ft)

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Mason City Municipal Airport is a public airport located in the northern part of Lake Township, five miles (8 km) west of the central business district (CBD) of Mason City and just northeast of Clear Lake, both cities in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA. The airport covers 1102 acre (446 ha) and has two runways. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline, Delta Connection (operated by Mesaba Airlines) providing service from Mason City to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Great Lakes Airlines previously served the airport without funding from the Essential Air Service programme, the airline flew direct to Chicago O'Hare up until October 28th, 1998. They pulled out service due to be unable to compete with Mesaba Airlines then 6x daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The airport was founded in 1927 by the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and the Clausen-Worden Post of the American Legion, hence its airport code "MCW".

In the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, following a concert at the Surf Ballroom in nearby Clear Lake, musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, along with pilot Roger Peterson, died in a plane crash after taking off from the Mason City Municipal Airport. This event is not commemorated anywhere on the airport grounds.

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