Get to know the Airport

Information about Our Airport in Waterloo, Iowa

Totaling nearly 2,600 acres, Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) provides daily commercial airline service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD), where passengers can access a hundreds of both domestic and international destinations.

Waterloo Regional Airport proudly serves passengers located throughout the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area and a 14-County Greater Cedar Valley Region, including residents of Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette, Grundy, Floyd, Franklin, Hardin, and Tama Counties.

Plan your trip today from Waterloo Regional Airport located at 2790 Livingston Ln, which is located just off of State Hwy 218 and North of Airline Hwy, South of Dunkerton Rd and between Leversee Rd and Wagner Rd.

About Our Airport Runways and Aviation Facilities

Waterloo Regional Airport comprises an FAA-operated Air Traffic Control Tower, Airline Passenger Terminal Building open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., a General Aviation Terminal, Aircraft Storage Hangars, a Full-Service Fixed Base Operator with Livingston Aviation (319-234-1783), and on-site Avis-Budget car rentals.

Waterloo Regional Airport is home to around 75-based aircraft and has approximately 20,000 annual Air Traffic Operations (ATO’s).

The airfield has two runways with original construction dating back to 1944, with ALO’s Primary Runway (12/30) at 8,399 x 150 ft; Secondary Runway (18/36) at 6,003 x 150 ft; numerous adjacent taxiways; and parking aprons for aircraft.

More specific runway information include:

Primary Runway 12/30

Measuring 8,399 x 150 ft, this runway utilizes a Category 1 Instrument Landing System and a pavement condition number (PCN) of 59/R/A/X/T. It is specifically designed for these limitations:

  • Single wheel: 55.0
  • Double wheel: 75.0
  • Double tandem: 140.0

Secondary Runway 18/36

Measuring 6,003 x 150 ft, this runway’s PCN is 51/F/B/X/T and is designed for these limitations:

  • Single wheel: 50.0
  • Double wheel: 75.0

Note Former Runway 6/24 was closed during 2020 due to severe pavement deterioration and is permanently closed to all aircraft operations. It has also been physically disconnected from Taxiway Bravo, so this former runway cannot be used for aircraft emergency landings.

Approved in February of 2014, the Airport Master Plan for the Waterloo Regional Airport provides a template of future development on or around the airport for airport parcels and properties. Pending levels of air traffic, passenger, and/or cargo activity on the airport, the Airport Master Plan should provide the Airport Staff, Board Officials, and City Officials a planning guide for an expected 20-Year term. For more information, refer to the most recent copy of the Waterloo Regional Airport and Airport Capital Improvement Plan for Waterloo, for Fiscal Years 2022 thru 2026, including a Long-Range Needs Assessment anticipated for Fiscal Years 2027 thru 2032-2034

Planning Your Trip

At Waterloo Regional Airport, our passengers love the convenience of being able to use the close-in and easy self-park system, check-in quickly for their departure, and easily maneuver through the wide-open and clean airline passenger terminal lobby. There, they prepare to proceed through the DHS/TSA’s hassle-free security checkpoint, which is complete with TSA’s very popular Pre-Check, while relaxing and waiting to board the aircraft.

The Waterloo Regional Airport Staff and Tenants are standing by to help you plan your trip, providing helpful resources and answers to frequently asked questions on the following and more:

Picking Your Destination

Access daily round-trip service to Chicago through American Airlines for access to hundreds of cities across the globe, including popular destinations such as:

  • Domestic
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Austin, TX
    • Boston, MA
    • Charlotte-Douglas, NC
    • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Miami, FL
    • Nashville, TN
    • New York-Metro, NY
    • Orlando-Metro, FL
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Raleigh/Durham, NC
    • Washington-Metro, DC
  • International
    • Cancun, Mexico
    • London-Metro, United Kingdom
    • Montego Bay, Jamaica
    • Montreal-PET, Canada
    • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    • San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Tokyo-Metro, Japan
    • Toronto-Metro, Canada
    • Vancouver, Canada

Finding Us

Waterloo Regional Airport (Airline Passenger Terminal Building and Airport Administrative Offices) are located at 2790 Livingston Ln, Waterloo, IA, 50703.  If you’re driving to ALO, utilize these helpful directions:

  • From US 218 S: Exit on Broadway, turn left onto Broadway Ave and turn right onto Airport Blvd.
  • From IA 57 N: After IA 57 becomes US 218, take the Broadway exit and turn right onto Airport Blvd.
  • From IA 58 N: Take the US 218 S exit and merge onto IA 57, which becomes US 218 S. Then, exit onto Broadway and turn left onto Airport Blvd.

Parking of Passengers Personally Owned Vehicles (POVs)

The Waterloo Regional Airport employs the TIBA based Automated Parking System. The passenger/parking lot user will approach the ticket dispenser. An automated message will emit a request that the user press the SILVER BUTTON, whereby the parking lot ticket dispenser will dispense a ticket to the parking lot user.

But here is the exiting development of this new Automated Parking system – when entering the lot, the passenger will notice that the ticket displays their vehicle’s license plate information, date, and time of entry, along with a bar code. So, unless the passenger’s license plate is obscured (i.e. due to snow, dirt, or equipment such as a tow-hitch), the parking ticket should display the License Plate Number or Characters of the plate, as the License Plate Recognition (LPR) system takes a picture of the License Plate before dispensing the ticket.

Upon return from a fabulous trip on American Airlines, and as passengers and parking lot users prepare to exit the parking lot, vehicles with unobstructed license plates will be recognized automatically by the LPR system in the exit lane. It will then calculate how much is owed. Once paid, a receipt is automatically generated for your trip report.

Unlike many airports, passengers receive their first three hours of parking free of charge in the event the arriving or departing aircraft is delayed. In contrast, other airports may only offer 20 or 30 minutes. Our passengers are then charged $1.00 per hour – but only up to a maximum daily rate of $6.00. For extended stays, the maximum weekly rate is only $42.00.

The left (East) exit lane only accepts Credit & Debit cards, while the right (West) exit lane accepts Debit Cards, Credit Cards and Cash.

Learn More About Flying with Us

For more information about Waterloo Regional Airport, view our statistics or contact us today. Located on the north end of the beautiful City of Waterloo, Iowa, and just off of State Hwy 218, we are a convenient alternative and an airport focused on customer and passenger service compared to larger regional or hub airports in Iowa for passengers located throughout the Greater Cedar Valley Region, including the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area. To calculate how much time and money you can save by choosing Waterloo Regional Airport, visit our Cost of True Travel Calculator.  


We appreciate you using Waterloo Regional Airport for your business or leisure travel.

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