Just three (3) miles from downtown Bakersfield, California is Meadows Field Airport (BFL), one of two international airports that service the San Joaquin Valley. Meadows Field is actually located in the town of Oildale, and is often referred to by locals and frequenters of the area as Kern County Airport #1. Although a small airstrip, BFL routinely sees well over 100,000 passengers boarding flights each year. Meadows Field played an integral part in pilot training during WWII, being used as a night operations fighter pilot testing ground. BFL hosts a couple of topnotch regional carriers, American Eagle and United Express, and also assists with cargo shipments carried by:
You can fly from Kern County's Meadows Field to three major western hubs, from which you can jump to almost any place on the globe you'd like to go. While you're waiting, you can take in the full-scale replica of Space Ship One and grab a delish sandwich and drink at the sub shop located in the terminal. Non-stop flights to Arizona, Colorado, and California are available. Some of the most popular routes from BFL are Phoenix and Denver.
If you're traveling to Meadows Field by car, it's good to know that Oildale is also referred to as North Bakersfield. You can reach the airport off of either State Route 99 or State Route 204, depending on where you are in the area. Bus Route 3 on Golden Empire Transit can also get you from the downtown Bakersfield area to the airport. There are several taxi companies that operate in the area, too.
When you're planning a trip, whether you'll be flying out of BFL or any other airport and want to know what airlines you'll have to choose from, check out the Skyscanner Airline page for a full list of carriers.
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