Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal Airport
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Objectives/Policy Statement
Hangar renters with a signed lease with the City of Olean will receive a fuel discount as follows:
$.60 off per gallon – Jet A
$.25 off per gallon – 100LL
The Cattaraugus County - Olean Municipal Airport (KOLE) is a public owned and used airport situated at the top of County Rd 81 off of Rt 16 North, just inside the township of Ischua NY. Dubbed "The Island In The Sky" by some local pilots, Olean Airport is the highest elevated airport in NYS , the 100 ft wide 4,800 ft long grooved runway sits at 2135 ft above sea level. Along with a 100 ft wide 2117 ft long grass strip 16-34 that cuts across the main runway at the 22 end. The AWOS (Automated Weather Observation System) operated by VISALA gives pilots real time weather conditions as they change, including critical landing information like wind speed as well as direction and precipitation. Field lighting is pilot controlled, by clicking their mic seven times while on the airports UNICOM frequency (1228) they can turn on the runway and taxi way lighting from several miles out depending on their altitude.
Olean Airport is home to 2 dozen aircraft, with two 10 bay t-hangars and a heated main hangar. There are 3 tie down spaces on the far north end of the ramp, as well as a self serve capable fuel station with a light QT POD kiosk in the middle of the jet fuel (with added prist) and 100 LL fuel tanks. Both have lights that can be turned on for after hours visitors. New LED lighting has been recently added to the top of the main hangar giving extra light to guests who come in after dark thanks to the City of Olean Electric Division.
The Olean Airport serves the entire WNY Region, centrally located between Buffalo NY, Ellicottville, Allegany (St. Bonaventure University) and Salamanca NY (Seneca Gaming Casino). It is used by Washington DC politicians, famous music entertainers, stand up comedians, and several large companies interested in opening up businesses in our area (Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Great Lakes Dairy) and several more. Olean Airport also has a long standing relationship with Mercy Flight, proud to be a flight training facility for it's Bell Helicopter Pilots. Being one of only two aviation facilities in Cattaraugus County, public relations crew work together hosting events to raise awareness and funding for these two much needed facilities.
The Olean Airport is improving every year in part to the FAA and NYS grants. The AIP (Airport Improvement Program) which is funded by Federal Aviation Fuel Taxes are written and designed by an exceptional team of engineers from C&S Engineering. Together they work with the FAA, NYS and The City of Olean to enhance the Olean Airport experience for our guests and piloting community. In the past decade the airport has undergone several projects to improve the facility. In 2014 there was a new 10 bay t-hangar project that gave much needed rental space to its long time residents. The hangar was already full before completion. In 2016 there was an obstruction removal project, which cleared tall trees from critical areas around the two runways that hindered visual approach from both ends of both runways. In 2017-2018 the new perimeter fence project finally secured the entire airport property. The end of August 2022 finalized the completion of the runway resurfacing project, giving Olean Airport a beautiful new grooved runway with a seamless transition from grass strip 16-34 through runway 4-22.
The guest improvements have continued inside the airport as well. With a new high speed internet system and wifi for all our guests thanks to the City of Olean tech guys . The main building has a pilot lounge in the back with a conference table, two cozy rocking chairs and a couch with three entrances that can be closed for pilots trying to rest during their layover. A full kitchen with a coffee bar, refrigerator, microwave, silverware and plates. There is a front sitting area for passengers and guests, as well as a transient tie down and chock box right inside the ramp entrance door. The "beverage box" has Pepsi products and Dasani bottled water. Olean Airport also has a Ford Explorer AWD courtesy car that can be reserved by calling in advance for pilots with long layovers or guests wanting to fly in for a visit to our beautifully nestled City of Olean.
The office is open Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm , Saturday and Sunday please call in advance. The office is closed on major holiday weekends.
Airport office 716-557-8800
DPW office 716- 376- 5650
We look forward to your visit!