Del Rio International Airport

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Del Rio International Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Del Rio / Val Verde County
Serves Del Rio, Texas
Elevation AMSL 1,002 ft / 305 m
Coordinates 29°22′27″N 100°55′38″W / 29.37417°N 100.92722°W / 29.37417; -100.92722Coordinates: 29°22′27″N 100°55′38″W / 29.37417°N 100.92722°W / 29.37417; -100.92722
DRT is located in Texas
Location of airport in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,300 1,920 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 15,357
Based aircraft 42
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Del Rio International Airport (IATA: DRTICAO: KDRTFAA LID: DRT) is a public airport two miles northwest of Del Rio, in Val Verde County, Texas.[1] It is used for general aviation, and being near Laughlin Air Force Base it is often used by USAF students. On June 7, 2012 United Express operated by ExpressJet introduced jets nonstop to Houston, previously flown with turboprops. United Express ended all service to Del Rio in April 2013.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 16,028 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 13,436 in 2009 and 13,180 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

The airport is owned by the City of Del Rio with a seven member airport advisory board, appointed by the City Council, monitors the development and operations of the airport. The airport completed a 2.7 million dollar terminal expansion. The terminal has the space for a second airline. Construction is in progress on the 6,000 square feet (560 m2) Texas Dept. Of Public Safety (DPS) Air Patrol station. New construction to begin in 2011–12 includes the 1.1 million dollar Federal Express cargo facility, 2 million dollar new apron and taxi lane. Projects for 2013 includes an airport control tower and a corporate hangar.


The airport covers 268 acres (108 ha) at an elevation of 1,002 feet (305 m). Its one runway, 13/31, is 6,300 by 100 feet (1,920 x 30 m) asphalt.[1]

In 2010 the airport had 15,357 aircraft operations, average 42 per day: 83% general aviation, 9% airline, and 8% air taxi. 42 aircraft were then based at the airport: 79% single-engine, 12% multi-engine, and 9% helicopter.[1]

Past airline service[edit]

Airlines Destinations
United Express Houston-Intercontinental (ended April 8, 2013)

ExpressJet operating as United Express served the airport for United Airlines with Embraer ERJ-145s nonstop to Houston Intercontinental Airport before discontinuing it in April 2013. The airport now has no scheduled passenger airline.

Continental Connection had served the airport prior to the merger of Continental Airlines with United Airlines. The Continental Connection service nonstop to Houston Intercontinental (IAH) was operated by Colgan Air with Saab 340s.[5]

Del Rio was also served during the late 1940s and early 1950s by Trans-Texas Airways (TTa) Douglas DC-3s to El Paso, Houston, San Antonio and other Texas cities.[6]

Another airline was Amistad Airlines flying small Pipers nonstop to San Antonio during the early 1970s.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for DRT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ February 2007 OAG Worldwide Flight Guide: Del Rio, TX schedules
  6. ^, Trans-Texas Airways systems timetables: November 1, 1949 & January 1, 1952
  7. ^, Amistad Airlines August 1971 system timetable

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