Sierra Blanca Regional Airport

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Sierra Blanca Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Village of Ruidoso
Serves Ruidoso, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL 6,814 ft / 2,077 m
Coordinates 33°27′46″N 105°32′05″W / 33.46278°N 105.53472°W / 33.46278; -105.53472Coordinates: 33°27′46″N 105°32′05″W / 33.46278°N 105.53472°W / 33.46278; -105.53472
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 8,099 2,469 Asphalt
12/30 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 7,002
Based aircraft 37

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (IATA: RUI, ICAO: KSRR, FAA LID: SRR) is a public use airport located 15 nautical miles (28 km) northeast of the central business district of Ruidoso, a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States. It is owned by the Village of Ruidoso.[1] According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, it is classified as a general aviation airport.[2]

Although many U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned SRR by the FAA and RUI by the IATA.[3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport covers an area of 1,665 acres (674 ha) at an elevation of 6,814 feet (2,077 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 6/24 is 8,099 by 100 feet (2,469 x 30 m) and 12/30 is 6,500 by 75 feet (1,981 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2009, the airport had 7,002 aircraft operations, an average of 19 per day: 83.6% general aviation, 11.5% air taxi, 3.5% scheduled commercial, and 1.4% military. At that time there were 37 aircraft based at this airport: 86.5% single-engine, 8.1% multi-engine, 2.7% jet and 2.7% helicopter.[1]

Historical Airline Service[edit]

Ruidoso was served by several commuter airlines between 1976 and 2008 with flights to Albuquerque, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, and Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW). These carriers used aircraft such as the Piper Navajo, Cessna 208 Caravan, Beechcraft 1300, and the Swearingen Metroliner. Among these airlines were: Roswell Airlines (1976-1978), Airways of New Mexico (1978-1979), Mesa Airlines (1987-1990), Air Ruidoso (1988), Lone Star Airlines (1995-1997), Rio Grande Air (2001), and Pacific Wings, dba New Mexico Airlines (2008). Lone Star Airlines briefly operated a 32-seat Dornier 328 prop in 1995 with a flight to DFW that stopped in Roswell. In 2005 American Eagle Airlines announced its intent to serve the airport with nonstop regional jets to DFW however this service did not materialize and the city of Ruidoso later joined into a consortium with other cities in southeastern New Mexico to have American Eagle serve Roswell, NM, 70 miles to the east.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SRR (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013: Appendix A: Part 4 (PDF, 1.61 MB) Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.. Federal Aviation Administration. Updated 15 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Ruidoso, New Mexico - Sierra Blanca Regional (IATA: RUI, ICAO: KSRR, FAA: SRR)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Timetables from the various airlines that have served Ruidoso, NM

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