10 Things to Know About Bakersfield Airport

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Bakersfield Airport
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Meadows Field Airport additionally called as Bakersfield Airport is the only international airport in the city with very few connecting airlines. Being one of the two primary airplane terminals in San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield Airport welcomes around 141,847 passengers every year. Though it is not connected to most international airports but they are connected to some of the international airports which are connected to rest of the country. Meadows Field is likewise an international air terminal, despite the fact that there are presently no international transporters. However, it can cater the arrival and departure of international private planes. If you are planning a trip to Bakersfield, below are 10 things you should know about Bakersfield Airport.

1. How to Reach Meadows Field Airport?

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Meadows Field Airport is situated around 10 miles north of downtown Bakersfield and can be easily reached from the city. One can rent a taxicab or taxi to reach Meadows Field Airport. The bus services of the city are not regular to or from the airplane terminal, so it is advised to book a taxi or cab in advance so that you don’t miss the flight.


  • Silver Cab : It offers 24 hours a day service and also accepts credit cards. Website – http://www.silvercabofbakersfield.com , Phone – (661) 932-6039
  • Downtown Taxi : It offers 24 hours a day service. Website – www.taxicabbakersfield.com/, Contact No – (661) 326-1010
  • American Express Taxi : It offers 24 hours a day service and you can book your cab online also. Website – www.americanexpresstaxi.net, Contact No – 661-800-2212

2. Parking in Bakersfield Airport

Bakersfield Parking
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Bakersfield Airport offers a great parking facilities for its customers and visitors . Air terminal offers long haul and short term parking options at minimal rates. Meadows Field Airport has long haul parking which is located 2-3 minutes walk from the terminal entrance. While the short-term parking at the airport is generally for picking and dropping the passengers from and to the city. This is strategically placed close to the terminal passageway.


  • Long Term Parking Rates: $10 per day
  • Short Term Parking Rates: For first thirty minutes the parking is free while for 31- 60 minutes you have to pay $2, and maximum of $12 per day.

3. Amenities at Bakersfield Airport

Airport Amenities
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Since the airport is not a big airport and does not cater many international airlines, it has limited amenities and facilities. There are not many restaurants or some other entertaining places where visitors can relax or wait for flights. Sprawling over an area of 1,357 acres of land, Bakersfield Airport has 2 asphalt runways of which the main runway is the longest runway in San Joaquin Valley.

4. Terminals in Bakersfield Airport

There are two terminals at the airport first is William M. Thomas Terminal which is a domestic terminal and the other is Kern County Air Terminal which is for international travelers. Domestic terminal has four gates which are gate number 2,3,5 and number 6. Kern County Air Terminal which is an international terminal is closed for now. While US Customs house located at the adjacent processes both international charter flights and international cargo.

5. How to Rent Car/ Taxi at the Airport

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You can find many rental counters of various cab companies located conveniently inside the terminal building of the airport. You can contact them directly for booking or can book in advance. Some of them are Avis, Hertz, Budget, and National. Airport also has taxi services which are operated by A One Taxi and Blue Star Taxi which operates 24 hours a day. For hassle free transport you must call them in advance for your pickup or for dropping at the airport.


  • A One Taxi: (661) 616-8292
  • Blue Star Taxi: (661) 345-1125

6. Help for Lost items or lost luggage

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If you forgot your luggage or lost your item at the airline or at Bakersfield Airport than don’t stress, stay calm and contact these numbers to handle your baggage. On the off chance that you lost a thing or baggage in the Meadows Field Airport terminal you can call at 661-391-1830. If you lost a thing on a plane when arriving at Meadows Field Airport, you might call your respective carriers. If you have arrived with United Airlines you can call at 661-392-0421 and also can call the American Airlines at 1-800-371-4771.


  • United Airlines: 661-392-0421
  • Meadows Field Airport : 661-391-1830

7. Where to Eat / Shop at Airport?

There is only one Sub Restaurant at the Airport i.e. Blimpie which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner sandwich menu. They serve freshly sliced meats and high-quality ingredients which are loved by the locals and visitors alike. While there is a gift shop which is named as Omni Goods located before the security checkpoint in the lobby of the Meadows Field airport terminal. You can find magazines, newspapers, snacks, and souvenirs items here.

To check Blimpie menu click the following link – http://www.meadowsfield.com/pdfs/blimpie_menu.pdf


  • Blimpie Timings: 5:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Phone Number : (661) 393-0100
  • Accepts Credit Card: Yes
  • Alcohol: No

8. Airlines and Destination

United Express
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There are very few airlines which operate at Bakersfield Airport. Only domestic airlines are carrying operations here and the international airline which used to operate from Kern County Air Terminal is closed because the Mexicana which was the only carrier ended its operations at Bakersfield Airport. Now at Bakersfield Airport, American Eagle operates flights to and from Phoenix while United Express operated for Denver, Houston and San Francisco. Cargo services are catered by Ameriflight which operates for Ontario.


  • American Eagle: Phoenix
  • United Express : Denver, Houston and San Francisco
  • Ameriflight: Ontario

9. Bakersfield Airport Domestic Terminal Information

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The domestic terminal of the airport connect few cities which are Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Houston. This is the only terminal of the airport that serves the flights to other cities since the international terminal is closed. It also has a gift shop and a restaurant which is named as Blimpie. From the first week of April 2016, service to Houston by United Express will be stopped.

10. Hotels Near Airport

Previously there was a motel located at the International Terminal of the airport but since it is closed now, it also have shut down its operations. There are numerous hotels located nearby the Airport which offers good facilities and services. Some of the best are Hampton Inn and Suites Bakersfield, Sleep Inn And Suites, Motel 6 Bakersfield Airport, Studio 6 Bakersfield and many others.

You can’t travel to international destinations directly from Bakersfield Airport since only a limited domestic flights are operated for now at Bakersfield Airport. But you can travel to San Francisco from Bakersfield, from where you can have numerous options of travelling internationally.

Have a good trip and travel!