Presque Isle International Airport (PQI) serves the residents of Presque Isle and a vast area of northern Maine and northwestern New Brunswick. United Airlines flights to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with connections beyond are subsidized by the federal government’s Essential Air Service program. The airport has the second longest active commercial service runway in Maine at 7,439 feet. It was once hub to Aroostook Airways, a commuter airline in the 1970’s, with service to several cities throughout New England.

The airport, itself, is a facility steeped in military and civilian history. It dates back to the 1930’s. More information can be obtained by visiting the Presque Isle Air Museum. Here you can find out how the airport played a strategic part in both WWII and the Cold War, as well as discover other fascinating historical facts. A few key historical moments are contained below.

World War II

During World War II the federal government appropriated the airport, establishing an air base for planes bound to and from Great Britain. Lane Construction of Hampden, Maine, was one of the contractors who worked on upgrading the airport for the military. Almost overnight, Presque Isle Army Airfield became a vital air transport installation and the city found itself a busy war center.

Post war/Today

When the United States Air Force closed Presque Isle Air Force Base in 1961, the former Air Force Base was redeveloped. Scheduled commercial air service is available through the airport in Presque Isle. General aviation services are available as well.

In addition, the Skyway Industrial Park sits adjacent to Presque Isle International Airport. FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS) augment park accessibility by air to and from major markets. Skyway Industrial Park, owned by the city of Presque Isle and administered by the Presque Isle Industrial Council, has been attractive to a variety of new businesses. The park consists of 440 acres located adjacent to the airport.

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