Del Rio International Airport
Del Rio International Airport
|Owner||Del Rio / Val Verde County|
|Serves||Del Rio, Texas|
|Elevation AMSL||1,002 ft / 305 m|
Del Rio International Airport (IATA: DRT, ICAO: KDRT, FAA LID: DRT) is two miles northwest of Del Rio, in Val Verde County, Texas, United States. It is used for general aviation, and, being near Laughlin Air Force Base, it is often used by USAF students.
The airport covers 268 acres (108 ha) at an elevation of 1,002 feet (305 m). Its single runway, 13/31, is 6,300 by 100 feet (1,920 x 30 m) asphalt. 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. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 16,028 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 13,436 in 2009, and 13,180 in 2010. 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).
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. The city is working on a 2,500 feet expansion of the runway, when completed will have a total of 8,800 feet.The runway expansion is due to Laughlin AFB future arrivals of the new Boeing T-7A Red Hawks training jets which will also utilize the airport for training.
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. Major air cargo companies provide weekly service between Del Rio and Detroit, Michigan for automotive part manufacturers in Ciudad Acuña and Piedras Negras, Mexico. The following jets are utilized for the Del Rio route: Ameristar (DC-9), USA Jet (MD-83 and DC-9), IFL Group Cargo (Boeing 727-200), and Kalitta Air (Boeing 737-300 and DC-9).
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Fedex Express||San Antonio|
For four or five years starting in 1949 Trans-Texas Airways Douglas DC-3s flew from Del Rio to El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, and other Texas cities, but they used Val Verde County Airport east of town. That airport closed in 1959-60. The first airline at the present airport was Wild Goose Airlines in 1964, on their flights between Eagle Pass and San Antonio. Davies/Quastler says they flew Aztecs.
Between May and November 2017 Texas Sky Airlines, operated by Contour Aviation, scheduled a daily British Aerospace Jetstream between Del Rio International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
From June 7, 2012 until April 2013 ExpressJet (United Express) Embraer ERJ-145s served Del Rio, flying nonstop to Houston Intercontinental Airport. The route previously used 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 flown by Colgan Air Saab 340s.
- PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "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.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Passenger Boarding (Enplanement) and All-Cargo Data for U.S. Airports. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "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.
- Team, DPS Web. "TxDPS - Air Stations". www.dps.texas.gov. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
- timetableimages.com, Trans-Texas Airways timetables November 1, 1949 & January 1, 1952
- "Non-Stop Service to Dallas Fort Worth – DFW – Texas Sky". www.texassky.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Texas Sky Cancels Service From Del Rio to Dallas Fort Worth" (PDF). Texas Sky. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
- February 2007 OAG Worldwide Flight Guide
- Airport page at City of Del Rio website
- Pico Aviation, the fixed-base operator (FBO)
- Aerial image as of February 2002 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DRT, effective December 3, 2020
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