Once you arrive in Arkansas for your vacation, you'll find that the best form
of transportation to get
to the many attractions
and things to do will
be a car—whether you drive into the state in your own vehicle or take advantage
of car rentals once you arrive. But you'll need to know about the Arkansas airports
if you're flying into the state. While there are scores of airports in Arkansas
there are only a handful that accept commercial passenger traffic. The rest
are general aviation facilities that cater to private aircraft and occasional
The Little Rock National Airport is by far the largest and busiest in the
state, and serves the capital and largest city. Nine major airlines fly into
Little Rock National Airport with nonstop flights between eighteen major east
coast and midwestern cities. There are also nonstop flights to some western
cities, including Dallas, Houston,
Denver, and Las
Vegas. This airport boasts more than 150 flights per day, and more than
two million passengers pass through the airport each year.
While you can get to Little Rock National Airport from a destination outside
the United States, it is not an international facility. This means you will
have to connect (and clear immigration and customs formalities) in another major
international hub. This might be Atlanta
or Chicago if you're coming
from Europe, or perhaps Seattle
or Los Angeles if you're
coming from Asia. Nevertheless, this airport has extensive facilities, including
car rentals located tight in the terminals, both long and short-term parking,
and easy accessibility to all the Little
Rock hotels. Of all the Arkansas airports this is the most modern and sophisticated.
For international travel, you might find the best airports in Arkansas are
not actually located in the state at all. Memphis, Tennessee
is right across the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state. Not
only can you use this airport for international travel, but it also is convenient
if you intend on visiting the attractions of the Arkansas Delta Region. There
are several state parks
and recreational lakes in this
region, as well as excellent fishing
in the Mississippi River.
Other major airports in Arkansas include Fayetteville, for access to the mountains and lakes of the northwest of the state; Fort Smith, on the Oklahoma border with access to the many lakes in the state; and Texarkana, in the southwest corner of the state. By far the largest of these is the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Fayetteville, which is served by nine airlines. The other two are served only by one to three airlines. They have the same passenger services as Little Rock National Airport, but slightly fewer options.
Smaller, regional airports in Arkansas serve the spas of Hot Springs, and the Mississippi Delta region of the east at Jonesboro. These two Arkansas airports are primarily for private aircraft traffic, but they have had small, commuter airline traffic off and on. If you're planning your Arkansas vacations around these two facilities, check first to ensure they are accepting commercial passenger traffic at the time you plan to travel.