Abilene Regional Airport
|Abilene Regional Airport|
|IATA: ABI – ICAO: KABI – FAA LID: ABI|
|Owner/Operator||City of Abilene|
|Elevation AMSL||1,791 ft / 546 m|
|Sources: airport web site and FAA|
Abilene Regional Airport (IATA: ABI, ICAO: KABI, FAA LID: ABI) is a public airport three miles (5 km) southeast of Abilene, in Taylor County, Texas. It is within the Abilene city limits and owned and operated by the City.
Most operations at the airport are general aviation and military training. Abilene Regional is currently served by one airline, American Eagle Airlines, with 7 daily regional jets to Dallas-Ft. Worth. Continental Connection ended flights to Houston in October 2008. Allegiant Airlines had twice-weekly flights to Las Vegas in 2006–07; charter airlines such as Sun Country continue frequent large-jet flights from ABI to Las Vegas.
New airline service, especially to west-bound airline hubs such as Phoenix or Denver, is a top priority for airport management. Many area residents drive to Dallas-Ft. Worth rather than fly out of ABI, and airlines have always had trouble making a profit on jets out of ABI. The advent of 50-seat regional jets has the potential to provide air service from Abilene to more cities.
Air freight service to Abilene is provided primarily by subcontractors. The airport was formerly served by major carriers; UPS and USPS now primarily truck their overnight packages in from Dallas-Fort Worth, and most Abilene-bound FedEx Express shipments are sent through Lubbock.
Southwest Medevac houses a medical helicopter and crew at the airport, available for emergency response 24/7. The city's other emergency medical helicopter service is provided by Lifeteam Air Evac, with its aircraft and crew stationed at Hendrick Medical Center.
Abilene Regional is also home to Eagle Aviation Services, Inc., which is a heavy-maintenance base for all American Eagle aircraft. Basically every plane in the airline's fleet is maintained at ABI. The airport grounds also act as an aircraft boneyard for American Eagle, which stores here around 20 disused Saab 340 aircraft, all in its livery.
Texas State Technical College provides aviation maintenance training at its on-field hangar base.
Trans-Texas Airways (later Texas International) flew turboprops from Amarillo and Lubbock as well as DC-9 jets to Dallas Love Field and then DFW. The original Frontier Airlines served Abilene via Midland for a short time in 1985 with a 737.
Facilities and aircraft
Abilene Regional Airport covers 1,686 acres (682 ha) and has three asphalt runways: 4/22, 3,678 x 100 ft (1,121 x 30 m), 17L/35R 7,198 x 150 ft (2,194 x 46 m), and 17R/35L 7,202 x 150 ft (2,195 x 46 m). In June 1952 it had four runways (045-079-129-180 deg) 3200 to 3684 ft long.
The terminal has seen many expansions and improvements in the past decade. The upper level houses the airline ticket counters, restaurant, gift shop, airport offices, and two departure gates, each with Jetway boarding bridges. The lower level has two baggage carousels and car-rental agencies.
Recent improvements include the reconstruction of the airline ramps near the terminal and a new, expanded public parking lot. The new lot has 731 covered parking spaces and escalator access to the upper level.
Construction of the airport's new 130-foot (40 m)-tall control tower began in August 2010 and is expected to be completed by January 2012. This new tower will replace a 65-foot (20 m) tower built in 1959.
In 2006 the airport had 78,462 aircraft operations, an average of 214 per day: 50% general aviation, 32% military, 18% air taxi and <1% scheduled commercial. 98 aircraft are based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, 5% jet and 1% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle operated by Envoy||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|American Eagle operated by Express Jet||Dallas/Fort Worth|
- Abilene Regional Airport at City of Abilene web site
- FAA Airport Master Record for ABI ( PDF), effective 2007-12-20
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for ABI, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: