Lea County Regional Airport

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Lea County Regional Airport
Lea County Regional Airport - New Mexico.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
Airport type Public
Operator Lea County
Location Hobbs, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL 3,661 ft / 1,115.9 m
Coordinates 32°41′15″N 103°13′01″W / 32.68750°N 103.21694°W / 32.68750; -103.21694Coordinates: 32°41′15″N 103°13′01″W / 32.68750°N 103.21694°W / 32.68750; -103.21694
KHOB is located in New Mexico
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 7,398 2,255 Asphalt
12/30 6,002 1,829 Asphalt
17/35 4,998 1,523 Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Lea County Regional Airport (IATA: HOBICAO: KHOB) (Lea County-Hobbs Airport) is four miles (6.4 km) west of Hobbs, in Lea County, New Mexico. The airport covers 898 acres (363 ha) and has three runways. It is now a FAA certified commercial airport served by United Airlines' affiliate with daily regional jets.

Lea County Regional Airport is the largest of the three airports owned and operated by Lea County Government. Lea County also owns and operated two general aviation airports in Lovington and Jal, NM.

Facilities and Aircraft[edit]

Lea County Regional Airport covers an area of 603 acres (244 ha) which contains three asphalt paved runways:[1]

  • Runway 3/21 - 7,398 x 150 ft (2,255 x 46 m).
  • Runway 12/30 - 6,002 x 150 ft (1,829 x 46 m).
  • Runway 17/35 - 4,998 x 100 ft (1,523 x 30 m).

For the 12-month period ending April 7, 2010, the airport had 11,506 aircraft operations, an average of 32 per day: 81% general aviation, 18% air taxi and 1% military. There are 40 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 8% multi-engine, 8% jet, and 3% helicopter.[1] The airport has one terminal for all arrivals and departures, as well as two FBO's, Tailwind Aviation and Christian Aero.

The data below lists annual total aircraft operations from 2009–2013 from the FAA's Air Traffic Activity System. The percent changes indicate an average of -13.93% in aircraft operations per year over the last 5 years.[2]

Aircraft Operations: HOB 2009-2013[2]
Calendar Year Aircraft Operations  %
2009 19,908
2010 16,637 -16.43%
2011 10,752 -35.37%
2012 9,270 -13.78%
2013 8,893 -4.07%

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
United Express Houston-Intercontinental


Lea County Regional Airport was originally the Me-Tex Airport and opened as a commercial airport on July 23, 1937.[3] In 1937 the Me-Tex Supply Company leased the land from the state. Oiled runways and a hangar were built.[4]

In 1940 the city of Hobbs passed a bond issue to purchase the airport and some adjoining acreage, with the intent of bringing airline service and airmail delivery. Federal grants helped pay for paved runways and taxiways and a terminal building for the renamed Hobbs Municipal Airport.[5]

The first air mail arrived in Hobbs via Continental Airlines in May 1940[6] which started passenger flights that year.[7]

Ownership of the airport was transferred from the city of Hobbs to Lea County on November 19, 1945[8]

Continental Airlines was replaced by Trans-Texas Airlines in 1963. Supplemental service was provided by Bison Airlines in 1963-1964.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for HOB (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ a b "Air Traffic Activity System". Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Photograph at HobbsHistory.com
  4. ^ "Fact, Fantasy & Fiction" by Max Clampitt, published in Hobbs News-Sun newspaper.
  5. ^ Max Clampitt
  6. ^ HobbsHistory.com
  7. ^ Max Clampitt
  8. ^ "Lea, New Mexico's Last Frontier", Gil Hinshaw, published 1976
  9. ^ Max Clampitt

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