South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport

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South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport
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Key details
Name South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport
ACAO code SPC
AATA code ASPC
Type of airport Public
Hub for

SkyJet Airways

Air Antarctic

CP Airways

Owned/Operated by National Airports Authority
Location Rooks,South Pole City
Runways
Runway Runway 1R/19L (13,563 ft.) (Asphalt/Concrete)
Runway Runway 1R/19L (12,888 ft.) (Asphalt/Concrete)
Runway Runway 9L/27R (10,452 ft.) (Asphalt/Concrete)
Runway Runway 9R/27L (10,783 ft.) (Asphalt/Concrete)
Statistics
No. of Passengers 85,340,291
Aircraft Movements 1,000,000


South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport (ACAO Code:SPC) is an major international airport serving South Pole City and the Polar District as well. The airport is one of four serving the city, and is operated by the South Pole Airports Network, which is one of the largest in the country, in terms of passenger numbers. The airport is located 22 kilometers southwest of the Metro Island of South Pole City, and occupies approximately 14 sq. miles of land in Rooks, and is accessable via The Polar Expressway, the Metro Airport Route, and the MetroAirport Express train, which operates service to and from Grand Pole Station.The airport is a major hub for SkyJet Airways, SkyJet Flyer, SkyJet Express, Air South Pole, Air Antarctic, Antarctic Airlink, CP Airways, and CP Airways Express. The airport handled a total of 88,898,672 passengers in 2010, a 25% increase from the previous year, and had a decrease in aircraft operations, as Club Penguin AirFlights has now moved to the far-off Dellas airport.

History[edit]

Construction and Early Success[edit]

South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport was first known as New Antarctica International Airport, after the New Antarctica Marina, which it displaced when it was built. The airport was the replacement airport for the South Pole Airstrip, which is now South Pole City-Orion Freddy Regional Airport, and closed down in 2001, due to safety concerns with the ice runway, and airport traffic concerns. The city was left without an airport for 7 years until the construction of the Metro Airport. Then, in late 2007, the name was changed to South Pole City International Airport, by a vote by the South Pole Council in 2006. After the official opening of the airport on August 7, 2006, the airport began as a hub for the former MammothAir, now SkyJet Airways, Club Penguin AirFlights and Air Antarctic the major carriers at the time, and began both domestic and international flights the following morning. After a month international carriers, also began operating from the airport as well.

The International Years (2007-2009)[edit]

Prior to the construction of Blizzardville International Airport, the re-opening of South Pole City-Orion Freddy Regional Airport and the opening of the reliever airport, South Pole City-Dellas International Airport,the Metro airport was called simply South Pole City International Airport. The airport was re-named due to the South Pole City Airports Act, which created the South Pole Airports Network, which therefore changed the airport's name to South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport in 2010, when the law was finally enforced.

Metro Airport (2010-present)[edit]

After the opening of South Pole City-Dellas International Airport, one of the major airlines,Club Penguin AirFlights, pulled out of the airport, and sought to move to the city's reliever airport, in an effort to end any delays and cancellations at th airport. The airport also utilized the former CPAF terminal for UnitedTerra flights and temporarily placed airport administrative offices in the regional concourse area of the Terminal.

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

Airline Destinations Terminal
Aer Frysland Frostborough,Farelle, Pengitton, Ard Mhaca, Flurryville, Mhic Lionnai, Chinook 7
Air Antarctic Club Penguin City-Int'l, Enderby City, Polaris-City, Penguville, Newton Town,Aquarius, GourdZoid, Frostize, Las Puffles,Mabila,Gentoo Island,Palm Island, V2V Island,Snellville, Ternville, Snowville,Penguville, Gemini, Iceland, Inland,Glassyglow,Zurich, New Club Penguin, Neo Domino City, Philawind, Wien, Boorlin, Zurich,Ceru City, Torona-Persan, Callery, Vancooler, Hollifox, Capital Emperor City, Sherbian City,Margate City, Chase City,Denes, Afens, Googolplex, Manley Ville,Intake,Penguiki,Tharntonville,Peibing, Honk Gong,FlyStar City, Sparka, Icetanball,Lichenblossom,Beachville,Frostize,Ulaansnowtar, Fishwow,Half Pipe,Gold City,Mammoth, Mhic Lionnai, Pengitton, Frostborough, New Happyface City 3
Air Calada Torona-Persan, Callery, Odewa, Club Penguin City, Newton Town, Hollifox, Saint Jean's, Montrealm 6
Air Culldrome Culldrome Isles, Ternville, Gemini, Snowville, Shiverpool, East Bank City, Club Penguin Island, Club Penguin City, Newton Town, Aquarius, Pengu Town, Enderby City, New Club Penguin, New Domino City 6
Air FG Akbaboy City, Googolplex, Happyface City, Club Penguin City-International, Gemini, Polaris, Lichenblossom, New Club Penguin, Zürich 4
Air Pengolia Ulansnowtaar 7
Air South Pole Gemini-Klinkstin, Polaris, Snowville, Newton Town, Pengu Town, Glassyglow, Aquarius, Mojave, Snellville, Penguville, Ternville, GourdZoid, Sealville 1C
AirTerra New Club Penguin, Satellite City, Neo Domino City 2
AmazingAir South Shetland Islands, Shiverpool 7
Antarctic Airlink
operated by BlueSky Airlines
Polaris-City, Gemini, Newton Town,Half Pipe, Outer Club Penguin, Aquarius, GourdZoid, Glassyglow,New Happyface City, Enderby City,Inland, Ternville, Snellville, Iceland,Pengu Town, Sealville 3
Antarctic Airlink
operated by ExpressAir
Polaris-City, Half Pipe, Newton Town, Jing Jong's Island, Outer Club Penguin, Aquarius, GourdZoid, Akbaboy City,Enderby City, Iceland,Gemini,Snowville, Ternville, Snellville, Penguville, Lorraine City, Nightlife City, Periwinkle Town, Mojave,Amery Island 3
Arctic Airlines Awaiting Government Approval 7
CP Airways Club Penguin City-Amherty, Polaris, Gemini, East Bank Town (seasonal), Gentoo Island, Sunday Harbor, Lincon Port, Newton Town, Penguville, Pengu Town, Zurich, Bern, Neo Domino City, New Club Penguin, Satellite City, Margate City, Shiverpool, Middle Island,Angel Island, Amery Island, V2V Island (seasonal), Spy Guy Island, Mojave, Half Pipe, Inland,Ross Island, Pengyboo Island, West Yeti, Flurryville,Yukon Fjord, TerraMount (seasonal),Slumalia, Hunston, Aquarius, Snowville, Mabila, Dongjing-Capital, Tokio, Enderby City, Googolplex, Honk Gong 5
CP Airways Express
operated by Eastwind Airlines
Gemini, Polaris, Akbaboy City, Club Penguin City, Outer Club Penguin, Half Pipe, Inland,Newton Town, Aquarius,Sealville, Inland, Ternville, Shiverpool,East Bank City, Lincon Port, Amery Island, Rasington, Penguville, Snellville, Snowville, Glassyglow, GourdZoid, Snowdon, Pengu Town, Mojave 5
CP Airways Express
operated by National Airways
Gemini, Polaris, Club Penguin City-Amherty,Enderby City, New Happyface City, GourdZoid 5
Dorkair.co.dk Googloplex, Testlonica, Icetanball, Industry Isle, Sparka, Lichenblossom [ends July 2] 4
Emperorlands Airlines Capital Emperor City 6
Farleyan Airlines Tharntonville 6
Federation Airways Club Penguin Island, Club Penguin City-Int'l, Shiverpool, East Bank City, Aquarius, Polaris-Greenfield, Gemini-Klinkstin,Penguville, Ternville, Snowville, Enderby City 2
FlyStar Airways Flystar City 4
Frosian Airwaves Philawind 7
Japaland Airlines Jokio-Tanaka, Nakamura 2
Margate Airlines Margate City, Polaris, New Happyface City, Odeawa, Geneva, Snowdon, Schipol, Los Penguines, Varcelono, Muscovgrad 4
NCPAir New Club Penguin 2
Orbit Oceanic Airways New Club Penguin, Neo Domino City, Margate City 2
Orbit Oceanic Airways New Club Penguin, Satellite City, Neo Domino City 4
Pacifica Airlines Zurich,Frostize, New Con,New Club Penguin, Googolplex, Satellite City, Afens, Denes, Bezul City, Shiverpool, Margate City, Sherbian City,Saint Moritz, Bern 4
Penguin World Air Penguin City 2
Peninsula Airlines East Bank Town, Rasington, Lincon Port, Sunday Harbor, Shiverpool 4
Polar Airways Club Penguin City, Polaris, Gemini, East Bank Town, Gentoo Island, Newton Town, Sunday Harbor, Aquarius, Philawind, Googolplex, Margate City 6
PuffleAir Manley Ville 4
SAIA Club Penguin City 7
SkyJet Airways Afens,Akbaboy City,Alinaska,Andera Town,Angel Island,Aquarius,Arda,Arthford,Barasso,Beachville,Bern,Bertrand,Bezul City,Bezul City,Boorlin,Boundtown,Buenos Suelo,Cabo Esperanza,Callery,Cannickey,Carcery,Carran,Ceru City,Charles Island,Chicklon,Ciudad Veija,Claxton,Club Penguin City-International,Conaskana,Culldrome Isles,Dahlson,Darlene River,Dellaroma,Delmont Town,Denes,Dodson-Balyne,Dukeston,East Bank City,East Bank City,Ellis,Elterbrast,Elterbrast,Enderby City ,Finestade,Fishwow,Florence,Flurryville,Flystar City,Fort Blachurst,Frostize,Frostize,Gardenville,Gemini,Glanell,Glassyglow,Googolplex,GourdZoid,GourdZoid,Grantham Bay,Hainswich,Halbourg,Half Pipe,New Happyface City,Hashville, Holandell,Holbach,Hollifox,Honk Gong, 1A
SkyJet Airways Iceland,Igarane,Inland,Inningsbruck,Jokio-Yammamoto Kanapa Town,Kellard Sound,Kettle Lake,Laporte/Crewell Lake,Larsen City,Las Puffles,Los Penguines,Mabila,Manley Ville,Margate City,Mhic Lionnai,Middle Island,Millsburg,Mistral,Misty Island,Mojave,Montrealm,Mouseport,Nakamura,Neo Domino City,New Arda,New West City,Newton Town,Newton Town,Outer Club Penguin,Parie,Peibing-Capital,Pengu Town,Penguiki Island,Penguin City,Penguville,Philaworld,Pilston,Puerto Elanor,Reinsal,Rockhopper Island,Rougetown/Kimberly County,Saint Moritz,San Alvarez,Santa Juanita,Satellite City,Scoodlepeep,Sealville,Sherbian City,Shiverpool,Slumolia,Snellville,Snowdon,Snowville,Snowgo, Snow Freezesco,Solace,Solbert,South Pole City-Metro,Southern Ocean City,Sparka,St. Ninjianisburg,Strathall,Sunday Harbor,Surrenton,Ternville,TerraMount,Tharntonville,Thischerville,Torona-Persan,Tropicalis,Ulaansnowtar,Vallera,Vanceton,Vancooler,Verpasy,Ville-du-Vincent,Vonkouver,Wallis,Wien,Willburgh,Zurich 1B
SkyJet Flyer
operated by National Airways
Snowville, Inland, Polaris, Penguille, Ternville, Sealville, Pengu Town, Glassyglow, Half Pipe, Outer Club Penguin,Amery Island, Newton Town, GourdZoid, Aquarius, Shiverpool, East Bank City, Intake, New Happyface City, Iceland,Mattress Village,Ellis,Rougeton/Kimberly County 1C
SkyJet Flyer
operated by SpiritAir
Inland, Polaris, Amery Island, Penguville, Newton Town, Sealville, Pengu Town,Glassyglow, Iceland, East Bank City,Half Pipe, Outer Club Penguin, Aquarius, Mojave, GourdZoid 1C
TransAir Polaris, Middle Island, Glassyglow, Carcery, Newton Town, Sealville, Inland, EmotiVille, Club Penguin City, Snowville, New West City, Ice City, GourdZoid 6
Tropicalian Airlines Hashville, Snowville, Parie, Toledo, Southern Ocean City, Googleplex, Fanon City, Ulaansnowtar, Tropicapolis, Lagois City, Dellaroma, Shiverpool, Club Penguin City, Kingston, Jokio, Honk Gong, Muçao, Peking, Soul, Wizzint, Dancing Penguin City, New Club Penguin, Winsburg, Margate City 5
UTA New Club Penguin, TerraMount City, Satellite City, Neo Domino City, Margate Cross City, Margate City 2
Weddell Airways Dessert Island, Turtle Island,Shield Island, Isle Royale 7

Cargo Airlines[edit]

Airline Destinations
Antarctic Air Cargo Club Penguin City-Amherty,Polaris-City,Iceland, Enderby City, New West City, Newton Town, Gemini, Aquarius, East Bank City, AdelVille,Googolplex, Margate City, Torona-Persan
Penguin Mail Freightways Zurich, Geneva, Boorlin, Munchen, Dellaroma, Parie, Schipol, Frostborough, Fanon City, Frostize, New Con, Shiverpool, Ulaansnowtaar, Fishwow, Iceland, Jokio, New Club Penguin, St. Ninjiniansburg, Ludavest, Wien, GourdZoid
SkyJet Cargo Club Penguin City-Amherty, Newton Town, Gemini, Polaris,Enderby City, Santa Juanita

Facilities[edit]

The airport has five Terminals, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Terminal 4, and the Cargo Terminal most of the flights departing come from Terminal 1. It also has 150 gates, 40 in Terminal 1, 30 in Terminals 2, 3 and 4 and 20 in the Cargo Terminal. The airport has a refueling station in every gate. It also has baggage claim and handling services. It has 19 hangars, 2 of which belong to the USA's Air Force. There are two Inter-terminal monorails called LINK trains that go from the Parking Building, to Terminals 1,2,3,4. The airport also has train services to Grand Pole Station by the SkyLink. The Airport has a 250 foot high control tower built in 2009 to replace the old 50 foot high tower, built in 2006. The airport also has many snack shops, restaurants and newsstands.

Passenger Terminals[edit]

Terminal 1[edit]

This terminal has two concourses, Concourse A and B, the biggest concourse, Concourse A is solely for SkyJet Airways flights, and operates domestic and international flights. Concourse A has 20 gates. In the smaller concourse, or Concourse B, is solely for SkyJet Flyer, Air South Pole and SkyJet Express flights, and operates mostly domestic flights and some international flights as well. The terminal is the largest out of all the dive terminals at the airport.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is the fourth largest terminal at the airport, and exclusively features only Terrain airlines. The terminal has historically been the CP Air Flights terminal, until 2010, when the airline moved operations to Dellas airport. The second concourse has been demolished, as it is of no use. Airlines operating in this terminal are UTA, AirTerra and NCPAir.

Terminal 3[edit]

This terminal operates international and domestic flights as well. This terminal has two concourses like the others, Concourses A3 and B3.The only airline operating from the terminal is Air Antarctic. The larger concourse is Concourse F, and has flights only international flights by Air Antarctic. While the slightly smaller Concourse E operates domestic flights only.The terminal is also home to the airport's inner-airport hotel, operated by Snowzertel, and located in-front of the Departures and Arrivals drop-off.This terminal has 23 gates in total.

Terminal 4[edit]

Terminal 4 is known as International Terminal 1 as Designated on LINK trains and some airport signs.The terminal has 5 airlines, UTA, Margate Antarctic Airlines, Dorkair.co.dk, Antarctican Airlines and Peninsula Airlines.The terminal has two concourses, Concourse A4 and B4. Margate Antarctic Airlines, Dorkair.co.dk and UTA all operate from Concourse A4, which has 8 gates in total. The other concourse, known as Concourse B4, has two airlines operating from it, they are Peninsula Airlines and Antarctican Airlines.The concourse is slightly smaller than Concourse A-4, with only 5 gates in total

Terminal 5[edit]

Terminal 5 operates both domestic and international flights, and has two main concourses, A5 and B5. The terminal has only one tenant, which is CP Airways.Concourse A5 is designed for intternational flights and has 19 gates.The smaller Domestic concourse is Concouse B5 and has 17 gates.The terminal is home to the airport's administration offices, which also house a FAAA office as well.The terminal went under renovations twice, since it's construction in 2007.

Terminal 6[edit]

Terminal 6, alternitively known as International Terminal 1, is a terminal that houses both domestic and international flights, and is home to six airlines, Emperorland Airways, Polar Airways, Air Calada, Farleyan Airlines, Air Culldrome and TransAir. Concourse A6 is served by Polar Airways, Emperorland Airways and TransAir. It has 15 gates and caters for both international and domestic flights. The slightly smaller Concourse B6 also serves three airlines; Air Calada, Farleyan Airlines and Air Culldrome. There are 12 gates in Concourse B6.

Terminal 7[edit]

Airline Lounges[edit]

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 3[edit]

Terminal 4[edit]

Terminal 5[edit]

Terminal 6[edit]

Traffic and Statistics[edit]

South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport is currently the largest airport in the country, in terms of passenger traffic and in terms of aircraft movements.The airport had 87,898,672 passengers in 2010, as per a survey conducted by SPAN. The airport also had 978,566 aircraft movemnets throughout the year as well. South Pole City-Metro is very busy, and has approximately one aircraft take off and land every thirty-three seconds.

The airport is also a large and major hub for many airlines, most notably SkyJet Airways, Air Antarctic, Polar Airways, and CP Airways. Below is a list of the largest airlines operating at the airport, and the percentile of flights the airline operates at the airport over the course of the year of 2010.

1.SkyJet Airways (including SkyJet Express, SkyJet Flyer and Air South Pole) 48.3%

2.CP Airways 19.04%

3.Air Antarctic 7.51%

4.Polar Airways 4.61%

Inter-Terminal Transport[edit]

The inter-terminal transport is provided by the LINK monorail systems used in major airports of the country.The LINK trains operate between each terminal at the airport, there are at least 4 LINK trains operating at any given time at the airport. The LINK trains travel at a speed of 70 mph at this airport. The track goes around the airport grounds,and parking buildings and it takes forty-nine minutes to circulate the track on a regular schedule. There are seven stops along the way from Parking Building A, B, Terminal 1,2,3,4 and the Airport Train Station.

Ground Transportation[edit]

There is a SkyLink monorail, called AirportExpress, with service from Grand Pole Station to the Airport's Terminal 2 Train Station. The airport has car-rental services in the Arrivals Hall of all terminals. The airport also has a bus service to South Pole City and the other suburbs of the city, by the SouthPole Transit. The airport has taxis,as well as a pick-off and drop-off zone at the departure and arrival halls of the airport. The airport is accessed by the Terminal Access Road, which circles the airport grounds.The airport has free short-term parking and inexpensive long-term parking services as well.

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

OnAugust 2, 2009, Penjet Express Flight 556, originated from Beachville and was to make a stop-over in South Pole City and continue on to Lichenblossom, then,when the aircraft, a Snowwing 737-800 was cruising at 30,000 feet,suddenly a large hole blew near the wings,about the size of a king size mattress,in the fuselage, then, the plane made an emergency landing in Bern Municipal Airport ,All 120 passengers and 5 crew on board had no injuries what so ever. This incident is still under investigation by the National Safety Board and the Federal Air Transport Board.

On September 15, 2009, MammothAir Flight 287 was descending into South Pole City originating from Neo Domino City , when the plane crashed into a tall hill, just 30 miles away from South Pole City International Airport's Runway 18. The aircraft was an Snowing 747-400, the aircraft has 22 crew, 20 cabin crew, two pilots and 517 passengers on board. 123 were injured and are making a full recovery. The National Safety Board has condemned the pilots flying the aircraft for" Flying too low, 6,000 ft. below a recommended height of 7,220 ft." Since the hill was 1,990 feet high, most aircraft landing at Runway 18, were to fly at an altitude of 7,220 ft., as told to the cockpit crew by South Pole Approach in the area, but during that incident, the aircraft was at a height of 1,200 ft, due to a stall while the aircraft was making a banked turn used while approaching at Runway 18, making the aircraft hit the side of the hill, thus crashing the aircraft.

On January 27, 2010, Dorkair.co.dk Flight 344, bound for Googolplex overshot the Runway upon takeoff. The aircarft was a Snowing 747-400, and had 423 passengers and 20 crew.The aircraft landed on a small road, and damaged the starboard wing and fourth engine.The accident is still under investigation, but may be because of pilot error, due to foggy conditions on that day.

See also[edit]


Major Airports of the United States of Antarctica and Free Republics
Acadia International Airport | Aquarius City Airport | Blizzardville International Airport | Club Penguin City International Airport | East Bank City International Airport | Akbaboy Finopen International Airport | Triskelle Waterdouse International Airport | Gemini International Airport | Stevie Falcon International Airport | Margate City International Airport | Newton Town International Airport | Philawind International Airport | Polaris International Airport | James Kwiksilver International Airport | Culldrome City International Airport | Slikcice Frosnow International Airport | Snow Jose International Airport | South Pole City-Metropolitan International Airport | South Pole City-Dellas International Airport | Zürich Airport