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In 2004, FAA issued a final rule that revised the Federal airport certification regulation [Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 139 (14 CFR Part 139] and established certification requirements for airports serving scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft designed for more than 9 passenger seats but less than 31 passenger seats. In addition, this final rule amended a section of an air carrier operation regulation (14 CFR Part 121) so it would conform with changes to airport certification requirements. The revised Federal airport certification requirements went into effect on June 9, 2004.

Part 139 Airports

  • Part 139 Airport Certification Status List (MS Excel) (updated 9/21/2015)
    List of certificated airports by state, name, associated city, and identifier. It also identifies Part 139 classification, ARFF index, inactive status, and large hub airports.


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Current Part 139 Regulation
Subject/Title Date Other Formats
Part 139 with Corrections (No Preamble) (updated 3/22/2013) Includes corrections through 1/16/2013 PDF
Past Part 139 Rulemaking, Final Rule, and Related Documents
Subject/Title Date Other Formats
Part 139 Safety Enhancements, Certification of Airports (78 FR 3311) (PDF) 1/16/2013 HTM
Corrections to Final Rule (69 FR 31522) (PDF) 6/4/2004  
Corrections to Part 139 Final Rule (69 FR 24069) (PDF) 5/3/2004  
February 2004 Part 139 Final Rule (with Preamble) (PDF, 3.79 MB) 2/10/2004  
Report to Congress: Economic Impact of Changes to Part 139 on Air Service at Airports Serving Small Air Carrier Aircraft (PDF, 2.89 KB) 12/2003  
Part 139 Regulatory Evaluation (PDF, 2.01 MB) 11/21/2001  

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Part 139 Certification Contacts
Type of Inquiry Contact Office Telephone
General Brian Rushforth Airport Safety and Operations Division 202-267-9617
Specific Airport --- Regional Airports Office ---
Press Marcia Adams Office of Public Affairs 202-267-3488
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Marc Tonnacliff Airport Safety and Operations Division 202-267-8732
Safety Management Systems (SMS) Keri Lyons Airport Safety and Operations Division 202-267-8972
Wildlife John Weller Airport Safety and Operations Division 202-267-3778

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Regional Supplemental Guidance

Additional guidance on this topic is available for the following regions of the country:

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