Fresno Yosemite International, formerly known as Hammer Airfield, was used by the US Army Air Force during World War II. Commercial air service in the Valley began in 1948 and the facility was renamed the "Fresno Air Terminal" utilizing the airport identifier FAT. In an effort to reflect its geographic location as the closest airport to three national parks, the name was changed again in 1996 to Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) although still recognized in the aviation industry as FAT. In 2006, FYI truly became international as Mexicana Airlines began nonstop air service to Guadalajara, Mexico.
FYI provides safe, convenient non-stop air service connections for business and
leisure travelers. It is the only self-sufficient airport serving the Central
San Joaquin Valley; a six county region with a population base of nearly
1 million where the Fresno Clovis Metropolitan Area is the large urban area
and the principal business center in the region.
Equipped with two runways and associated taxiways, the FYI airfield can accommodate most aircraft fleets. In addition to the Instrument Land Systems, FYI is one of the few California airports with a Category III (b) Instrument Landing System. This sophisticated landing system provides aircraft with the ability to land in conditions of reduced visibility.
Eight air carriers provide nonstop service from FYI to ten domestic and international destinations. Located in the fifth largest city in California, over 1.2 million business and leisure passengers travel through the Airport.
As the regional population base continues to grow, so will the need for air service. FYI continues to make improvements to serve the needs of passengers for the next 20 years. All of the recent renovation projects include FYI's environmental successes where innovative solutions were employed during construction to significantly minimize the Airport's carbon footprint.
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