Del Rio International Airport
|Del Rio International Airport|
|IATA: DRT – ICAO: KDRT – FAA LID: DRT|
|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 a public airport two miles northwest of Del Rio, in Val Verde County, Texas. 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, 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 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 expanded terminal now has counter space to accommodate two airlines. Construction is in progress on the 6,000 square feet (560 m2) Texas Dept. Of Public Safety (DPS) Air Patrol Unit. New construction to begin in 2015–16 includes the one million dollar 75,000 sq. ft Federal Express cargo facility, a new two million dollar apron and taxi lanes. Future projects includes an airport control tower, corporate hangers, and additional parking lots.
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.
Past airline service
ExpressJet operating as United Express served the airport for United Airlines with Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets nonstop to Houston Intercontinental Airport before discontinuing flights in April 2013.
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 340 turboprops.
Other commuter airlines that served Del Rio in the past included Lone Star Airlines (which also operated as Aspen Mountain Air), Texas National Airlines, Alamo Commuter Airlines, Amistad Airlines and Wise Airlines.
The airport currently does not have any scheduled passenger air service.
Possible future airline service
As of April 2015, American Eagle, the regional airline affiliate of American Airlines, is working with the city of Del Rio to begin possible new air service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Del Rio International utilizing regional jets to serve the middle Rio Grande region of Texas.
- FAA Airport Master Record for DRT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- February 2007 OAG Worldwide Flight Guide: Del Rio, TX schedules
- timetableimages.com, Trans-Texas Airways systems timetables: November 1, 1949 & January 1, 1952
- 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 July 23, 2015
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