The Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport (KUNI) serves the general aviation needs of Athens County and portions of several adjoining counties. The Airport is located off U.S. Highway 50 in Lee Township, in the southwest corner of Athens County. Primary surface access is from County Road 71 (Columbia Road). The entrance to the Airport access road is located on Columbia Road about ½ mile from the junction of U.S Highway 50. The Airport is about twelve miles southwest of the City of Athens and about one mile southwest of the Village of Albany.
The Airport service area consists of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Washington, Vinton, Galia, Jackson, Morgan and Perry Counties. The total population of the service area is estimated to be about 315,000. Ohio University Airport has the longest runway and most sophisticated approaches when compared to other area airports. Having over 50 based aircraft and supporting over 54,000 annual aircraft operations, it is one of the most important general aviation airports in Southeast Ohio.
The Airport is designated as a general aviation airport in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and is considered to be of national interest in this designated role. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) classifies the Airport as an Advanced Service airport in its airport system plan.
An ODOT study completed in 2006 estimated the total economic output of Ohio University Airport at $15.1 million, with $7.4 million in direct impacts and $7.7 million in second-round impacts. The study considered the Airport's impacts on construction activities, aviation and non-aviation business activities, visitor spending and multiplier effects. The study also determined that the Airport created 160 jobs in the community with a total payroll of $5.8 million.
A major contributor to Ohio University Airport's success has been the Department of Aviation's flight training program and the Avionics Engineering Center 's research and development programs, both under the jurisdiction of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. The university offers Associate degrees in Aviation Technology and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aviation Science. The Avionics Engineering Center specializes in research, development and evaluation of electronic navigational communication and surveillance systems.
Mission Statement: The Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport will provide safe, reliable and efficient facilities and services for the university's aviation related initiatives, the citizens of our community and visitors to our community. We will strive to maintain and develop the airport, in an environmentally sound manner, as a vital part of the local, state and national economy and multi-modal transportation network. The airport will be maintained and operated in compliance with all local, state and federal laws and policies regarding airport and grant administration, and will consider all available funding sources for airport maintenance and development.