Del Rio International Airport

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Del Rio International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerDel Rio / Val Verde County
ServesDel Rio, Texas
Elevation AMSL1,002 ft / 305 m
Coordinates29°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 in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,300 1,920 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations15,357
Based aircraft42

Del Rio International Airport (IATA: DRT, ICAO: KDRT, FAA LID: DRT) is 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.


Del Rio International 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) of asphalt.[1] In 2010, the airport had 15,357 aircraft operations, an average of 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. 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. A seven-member airport advisory board, appointed by the City Council, monitors the development and operations of the airport. The terminal has counter space to accommodate two airlines. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Patrol Unit has a station at the airport.[5] Future projects include an airport control tower, corporate hangars, and additional parking lots.

FedEx has a shipping center on the north boundary of the airport. They serve Del Rio with four Cessna 208 Caravans with daily service to San Antonio. Ameriflight operates Beechcraft 1900 with daily service to San Antonio International Airport on behalf of United Parcel Service. Ameristar operates charters using DC-9 jets for cargo transport from Del Rio to Detroit, MI for automotive part manufacturers in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Airline service


American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth

Cargo Service

Fedex Express San Antonio
Ameriflight San Antonio

Former service

Texas Sky Airlines, operated by Contour Aviation, scheduled a daily flight between Del Rio International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport using a British Aerospace Jetstream twin-turboprop aircraft. The service operated between May and November 2017.[6][7]

From June 7, 2012, until April 2013, ExpressJet, operating as United Express, served Del Rio International Airport for United Airlines with Embraer ERJ-145s flying nonstop to Houston Intercontinental Airport. The route had previously been flown using turboprops. Continental Connection had served Del Rio before the merger of Continental Airlines with United Airlines. The Continental Connection service nonstop to Houston Intercontinental was operated by Colgan Air with Saab 340s.[8]

Del Rio was served in the late 1940s and early 1950s by Trans-Texas Airways Douglas DC-3s to El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, and other Texas cities.[9] Other commuter airlines at Del Rio included Lone Star Airlines (which also operated as Aspen Mountain Air), Texas National Airlines, Alamo Commuter Airlines, Amistad Airlines, and Wise Airlines.


  1. ^ a b c 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). Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Report. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Team, DPS Web. "TxDPS - Air Stations". Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Non-Stop Service to Dallas Fort Worth – DFW – Texas Sky". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Texas Sky Cancels Service From Del Rio to Dallas Fort Worth" (PDF). Texas Sky. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  8. ^ February 2007 OAG Worldwide Flight Guide
  9. ^, Trans-Texas Airways timetables November 1, 1949 & January 1, 1952

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