Vermont is a state in the northeastern United States. Due to its great weather, famous fall foliage, winter sports such as the downhill skiing at various ski resorts and spectacular scenery, Vermont is a top North American travel destination that see many tourists each year in all season. There really isn’t a best time to visit Vermont because it is spectacular year round and there is always something to do. It really depends on what you want to do. Summer means great weather to spend some time outdoors, Fall is more great weather and beautiful foliage and Winter and Spring is skiing and other winter sports. Vermont is also very well-known in the business world and many former residents of Vermont travel home frequently. Because of all this traffic coming in and out of the state, it is necessary to have the proper infrastructure to support it. Vermont does this very well when it comes to aviation and the number of airports they have and the number of airlines who have contracts with these Vermont airports.
In total, there are about sixteen airports in the state of Vermont which is quite a bit for such a small area and small population. Not all of these airports are accessible to tourists and the general public though. There are four different types of airports in Vermont:
- Commercial Service – primary airports
- Commercial Service – non-primary airports
- General Aviation airports
- Other public use airports
Here is a list of airports in Vermont and where they are located:
- Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, formally known as Rutland State Airport, is a public-use state-owned, airport in North Clarendon which is only five miles from the business center of the city. The airport also has the distinction of being the closest one the popular mountain resorts of Killington, Bromley, Bear Creek Mountain and Stratton.
- Burlington International Airport is both a public airport and a military airport. The airport is owned by the city of Burlington and is located in Chittenden County and has most recently been classified as a primary commercial service airport.
- Edward F. Knapp State Airport is located in Berlin and is classified as a general aviation airport that serves the Barre and Montpelier regions of the state.
- William H. Morse State Airport is also known as Southwest Vermont’s Airport because of is location close to Bennington in the county of the same name.
- Franklin County State Airport is a public airport close to the business district of Highgate. The airport is state-owned and is a public use airport.
- Caledonia County Airport is a public-use and state-owned airport near the village of Lyndonville. The airport also goes by the name of Caledonia County State Airport.
- Middlebury State Airport is located near the town of Middlebury in Addison County.
- Morrisville-Stowe State Airport is located two miles from the business district of Morrisville in Lamoille County and it is owned by the state of Vermont.
- Newport State Airport is located in the city of Newport in Orleans County and is also state-owned.
- Post Mills Airport is a public airport near the village of Post Mills in Orange County but it is actually owned by an individual.
- Hartness State Airport is also a public airport located only three miles from the business district in Springfield, Windsor County and it is owned by the state of Vermont.
- Warren-Sugarbush Airport is located in the town of Warren in Washington County. The airport is used by the public and is owned by Granite Intersection Inc.
Four other public-use airports in the state of Vermont are John H. Boylan State Airport, Shelburne Airport, Basin Harbor Airport and Mount Snow Airport. If you are planning a trip to Vermont and are using a travel agent, you could end up traveling through any of these airports during your travels. If you plan the trip entirely on your own though, you could end up getting a very good deal if you do not mind making more connections than you are used to or doing a bit of waiting. This is because flights to smaller, more remote airports are usually cheaper and even with the cost of ground transportation to your final destination, you could end saving hundreds of dollars.
All of these airports are equipped with the basic services that one expects in any airport such as restrooms, rest areas, snack bar and coffee shop. Bigger airports typically have a bit more when it comes to amenities and services. There may be several restaurants, snack bars and coffee shops to chose from, retail stores in which to browse, children’s play areas, bars and lounges and televisions to watch. Vermont airports are very welcoming to both locals and tourists and a trip through one of these airports will be a great way to begin and to end your trip.