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 Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) 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.
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.