An airport at Mena was the dream of interested pilots and hobby flyers in the 1930's. A rough flying field was started on the McBride property south of town in the early 40's. In 1942, Hartzell Geyer built the first hangar and opened a small flying school.  In 1946, serious construction began as the Civil Aeronautics Commission (now the FAA) chose the site as an emergency landing strip for commercial aircraft.  The chosen site would be located  the approximate midway point between Fort Smith and Texarkana making it a desirable place approximately 100 miles from those airports.  Mayor Albert Middleton requested the property under Eminent Domain from the McBride estate.

In the early years, the grass field was maintained by an agreement with a farmer who mowed and bailed the runway for the hay; a tradition that remains today.  After development of the airstrip, several businesses began to service aircraft at the remote but centrally located airport.  Popularity of the airport has continued to grow through the years.

Today, Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport is a city owned, general aviation airport in west Arkansas.  Located 2 miles from the city center, the airport occupies 1,079 acres.  Most of this land is available for commercial lease.  The lands currently under lease provide the funds for the operations at the airport, allowing the airport to operate without financial burden on the City of Mena and the local taxpayers.  In fact, the airport provides approximately $2000 worth of economic benefit for every resident in Polk County annually to the local marketplace according to the Arkansas State Aviation System Plan.

FAA Information
Effective: 2011-08-25
Airport Identifier:

34.545389 (Estimated)

1080 ft/329.18m (Surveyed)

From nearest city:
2 nautical miles SE of Mena

Polk County, AR


PGO 113.5
Channel 82

Memphis Center (ZME)
126.1 269.0

Magnetic Variation:
03E (2005)


Jet A 100LL Avgas
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  • Mena Air Center announces new hours of operation: - Starting this weekend, July 24, Mena Air Center Services will be changing our hours of operations. We will now be “on-call” only on Sundays. All other days will remain the same. (Mon-Fri 7:30 – 5:30, and 8-5 Sat).
    For services on Sundays you can call the office number (394-5800) like you normally would and after a few rings it will transfer to the cell of the lineman on duty and we will be out as soon as possible.
  • New Airport Manager -
    Effective May 31, 2016, Fred Ogden was named as the new airport manager for KMEZ.
  • Airport Master Plan - We are preparing a new Airport Master Plan
  • Funding - We are working with the FAA to acquire the funding to rebuild taxiway B.

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