The Auburn-Lewiston Airport is nestled on 627 acres and serves as one of the busiest aviation facilities in the State of Maine for runway operations. LEW is one of the 3,300 airports listed in the National Plan of Integrated Airport System in the U.S. To put LEW in perspective to the rest of the U.S. Airports: There are approximately 14,400 private-use (closed to the public) and 5,000 public-use (open to the public) airports, heliports, and seaplane bases.
Do not be fooled by the private aircraft and hangar ownership, LEW is a public use airport and listed in the NPIAS as a General Aviation Reliever Airport, which means it helps to relieve the smaller aircraft from the larger airports where the commercial activity is operating. This NPIAS status makes LEW eligible for FAA Airport Improvement Plan (AIP) Grant funding, which allows the airport to grow in concert with the rest of the NPIAS airports across the State of Maine and the U.S.
The LEW airport has more than 50,000 operations each year which are comprised of itinerant, local, and military operations.
The airport provides the public to sightseeing tours, air charter operators, flight schools and other businesses which contribute to sustained aeronautical and non-aeronautical supporting commercial activity of the LEW.
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