San Angelo Regional Airport

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San Angelo Regional Airport
Mathis Field
San Angelo Army Airfield
San Angelo Regional Airport - Texas.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
IATA: SJTICAO: KSJTFAA LID: SJT
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of San Angelo
Location San Angelo, Texas
Elevation AMSL 1,919 ft / 584.9 m
Coordinates 31°21′18″N 100°29′47″W / 31.35500°N 100.49639°W / 31.35500; -100.49639Coordinates: 31°21′18″N 100°29′47″W / 31.35500°N 100.49639°W / 31.35500; -100.49639
Map
KSJT is located in Texas
KSJT
KSJT
Location of San Angelo Regional Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,049 2,453 Asphalt
3/21 5,939 1,810 Asphalt
9/27 4,402 1,342 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft Operations 102,079
Based Aircraft 123
For the World War II use of the airport see San Angelo Army Airfield

San Angelo Regional Airport (IATA: SJTICAO: KSJTFAA LID: SJT), also known as Mathis Field, is a public airport serving the city of San Angelo, in Tom Green County, Texas, USA. The airport covers 1,503 acres (608 ha) and has three runways. The airport also offers free parking.

History[edit]

The airport, originally named Carr Field, was built in 1941 by the United States Army Air Forces as a pilot training airfield. Activated on 1 June 1942, the airfield was assigned to the AAF Gulf Coast Training Center, with the Army Air Force Pilot School (Bomber and Specialized 2/4-Engine) activated (phase 3 pilot training). The school's mission was to train cadets to fly transports and bombers. It was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 June 1946. Later the facility was disposed of by the War Assets Administration (WAA) and deeded to the local government.

The airport was later renamed in honor of local Jack W. Mathis, a bombardier who received the Medal of Honor. It now provides daily commercial service for the City of San Angelo, its adjacent metropolitan area, and nearby Goodfellow Air Force Base, with flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Overview[edit]

After receiving strong growth of 5.3% emplanements per year, Mathis Field was in need of new facilities.[1]

Nearly $4.9 million was acquired to start construction. The crown jewel of the project was the terminal and apron that was built in 1955. The terminal has had the baggage claim area expanded to ease congestion, two new jetways added and more room made available for the TSA as new X-ray machines will be installed as required for every commercial airport.[2]

San Angelo Regional Airport is classified as Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Index B, which makes the facility capable of handling regularly scheduled Boeing 737 Classic Aircraft.

Facilities and Aircraft[edit]

Although the airport is open 24 hours, the control tower is operated by FAA contract employees and is staffed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.[3]

The airport currently has two full service Fixed Based Operators and has two aircraft maintenance and repair operations on site. In addition to that, the facility is home to stations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection [4] and U.S. Border Patrol.

Many new services have been constructed since 2008 to replace or add convenience to the general aviation public. Much of the newly constructed services include a general aviation terminal, maintenance and fuel facilities, hangars, T-hangars and tie downs. With the new additions, there is a capability to hold about 170 aircraft. The tie downs are available at no cost.[5]

A little more than 120 aircraft are based at airport. With more than 100,000 aircraft that operate out of Mathis per year, there is an average of about 279 per day.[6]

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth

Ground transportation[edit]

A number of companies offer taxi and shuttle service throughout San Angelo and the surrounding Tom Green County Area. The airport is served onsite by Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty car rental companies. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available off site.

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