Ernest A. Love Field is one of the nation’s busiest airports. In 2015 the airport hosted 272,535 aircraft and helicopter operations which ranked Prescott as the 3rd busiest airport in Arizona and the 35th busiest airport in the nation. Designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a non-primary, commercial service airport, Prescott is utilized by light aircraft, helicopters, corporate aircraft, commercial airline and military aircraft.
A large percentage of flight operations is generated by flight training. These operations are vital for the aviation industry, and are key components to Prescott’s economic stability. Flight training operations include: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Guidance Aviation, North-Aire Aviation, and Universal Helicopters Inc. Other activities include recreational aviation, scheduled airline service, corporate and business aviation, and military operations. The community benefits of these activities include medical flights, search & rescue flights, airborne law enforcement, air cargo, and US Forest Service aerial firefighting operations.