Toledo Express Airport (Guide)

Toledo Express Airport is a joint military and civil airport located in Monclova and Swanton townships ten miles west from Toledo, Ohio. The airport's three-letter geocode is TOL. It started functioning in 1954, replacing Toledo Municipal Airport located southeast of Toledo. TOL is close to the intersection of the Ohio Turnpike and State Route 2.

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Toledo Express Airport (Guide)

Toledo Express Airport is a joint military and civil airport located in Monclova and Swanton townships ten miles west from Toledo, Ohio. The airport's three-letter geocode is TOL. It started functioning in 1954, replacing Toledo Municipal Airport located southeast of Toledo. TOL is close to the intersection of the Ohio Turnpike and State Route 2.

Toledo Express Airport is home to general aviation, passenger and cargo airlines, and the 180th Fighter Wing of Ohio Air National Guard. TOL is a secondary airfield for Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the nearby region. Toledo–Lucas County Port Authority runs the airport on a lease from Toledo City.

In 2015 Toledo Express Airport served 179 911 passengers, and in 2018 air travel through TOL grew by more than 22%. Total passenger service went up to 241 299 travelers in 2018.

History

Shortly after the end of World War II, works on a modern airport began as municipal leaders deemed Toledo Municipal Airport as inadequate. Many areas were proposed and dropped until 1952 when a union of six big local companies: Owens-Illinois, Libbey-Owens-Ford, Owens-Corning Fiberglas, Champion Spark Plug, Willys-Overland, and Electric Auto-Lite purchased the area of Toledo Express Airport and sold it to the city at cost.

The airline companies moved their bases to the new airfield in 1955. By April 1957, there were six Trans World Airlines, thirteen United Airlines, six Delta Air Lines, four Capital Airlines, and four Eastern Air Lines departures.

From 1979 to December 1989, the following airlines were servicing the airports: Air Florida, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Trans World Airlines, United Airlines, USAir, Air Wisconsin, Comair Piper, Navajos, American Eagle, Piedmont Airlines, Britt Airways and more.

Direct Air discontinued flights from the airport on March 13, 2012, and was subjected to Chapter 7 liquidation next month.

Allegiant Air announced a new twice-weekly flight to Punta Gorda, effectively replacing Direct Air.

Sierra West Airlines signed a 30-year contract to initiate a new crew and aircraft base at Toledo Airport on December 12, 2012. The airline also stated it would lease a hangar previously handled by BD Aeroworks.

From 1993 until September 2011, Toledo Express Airport was the central hub in North America for DB Schenker. DB Schenker rented a 300 000 square foot warehouse at the facility with a direct approach to the runways. They conducted roughly 20 flights per night across the United States. In 2009, with 241,472 tons handled, Toledo Airport was the 22nd most active cargo hub in North America. The facility now houses the headquarters of BX Solutions, a shipping company and logistics company launched by former BAX Global representatives.

Accidents

On October 29, 1960, an aircraft that carried the Cal Poly football team, crashed on liftoff at TOL Airport. This incident took eighteen people's lives.

On February 15, 1992, an Air Transport International jet aircraft crashed three miles northward of the airfield runway in a wheat field. All four crew personnel died, and the plane was destroyed. The captain listed "spatial disorientation" as the cause of the accident.

On September 11, 2019, A cargo plane crashed near the airfield while getting ready for landing. Both pilots perished in the incident.

Government and military operations

Toledo Express Airport serves as a base to Toledo Air National Guard and the 180th Fighter Wing; An ACC gained unit from Ohio Air National Guard.

Toledo Air National Guard Base is made up of a 135.4-acre Federal enclave that was rented by the Department of Defense for Ohio Air National Guard. The facility houses F-16C Falcon jet fighters and support units of the Air National Guard. Physical facilities include 13 industrial, seven service, and three administrative buildings, totaling to roughly 322 000 square feet.

Currently, there are 21 military planes at the airport, maintained by 290 Air Reserve Technicians and Active Guards. There are more than 600 Traditional Air National Guardsmen able to deploy globally to adhere to Air Force requirements. The 180 FW also gives Traditional National Guardsmen support functions in the event of state and local emergencies.

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