COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Regional Airport

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 11:43 a.m. CST; updated 7:21 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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In operation since 1928, Columbia Regional Airport is located south of Columbia. It is owned and operated by the city and is overseen by a 13-member advisory board. Airline service is provided by Delta Air Lines.


Phone: 573-874-7508



11300 South Airport Drive


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Columbia Regional Airport opened in 1928 on land that is now Cosmo Park. In 1962, a study was conducted to evaluate the airport’s expansion needs. Suggestions from the Federal Aviation Administration resulted in the relocation of the airport and appropriate expansion for it to serve as a regional airport for all of mid-Missouri. This allowed for the airport to accommodate larger planes, and by moving to a new location, flight service to Columbia was not interrupted during construction. Construction began on Aug. 11, 1967, and the new airport opened in December 1969.

Airport management

The city owns and operates the airport. A 13-member advisory board keeps track of airport needs and makes recommendations to the City Council. Seven members of the board are appointed by the council, and Boone County, Jefferson City, Fulton and Ashland each also appoint a member.

Andrew Schneider was hired in October 2010 to serve as the airport manager. He replaced Kathy Frerking, who had been the manager the previous four years.

Links and sources

Columbia selects new airport manager

Delta Airlines renews contract with airport

Delta Airlines upgrades Columbia Regional flights

Council to commission study of airport terminal

Wikipedia entry

Updated: March 8, 2013

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