Sugar Land Regional Airport

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Sugar Land Regional Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Sugar Land
Serves Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown
Location Sugar Land, Texas (USA)
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 29°37′20″N 095°39′24″W / 29.62222°N 95.65667°W / 29.62222; -95.65667
Website www.FlySGR.com
Map
SGR is located in Texas
SGR
SGR
Location of airport in Texas / United States
SGR is located in the US
SGR
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SGR (the US)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 8,000 2,438 Concrete
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2005) 90,758
Based aircraft (2017) 139
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

Sugar Land Regional Airport (IATA: SGR, ICAO: KSGR, FAA LID: SGR) is a city-owned public-use airport located in Sugar Land, Texas (USA), 17 miles (27 km) southwest of the central business district of Houston.[1][2]

Founded privately in the early 1950s as Hull Field, it was renamed in 1990 as Sugar Land Municipal Airport when acquired by the city. As of 2009 it is the fourth-largest airport within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area and serves as a "reliever" of traffic to this airport. It handles approximately 250 aircraft operations per day, which include corporate business jet and turboprop flights.

The airport today serves the area's general aviation (GA) aircraft, serving corporate, governmental, and private clientele. It opened a new 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) Terminal in 2006 with a 54-acre (22 ha) GA complex, including 99 T-hangars in six buildings.[3]

The City of Houston maintains Cullinan Park, which occupies 750 acres (300 ha) of land directly north and west of the Sugar Land Regional Airport, blocking expansion. The airport is surrounded by Sugar Land homes, and there is a highway and rail road track directly south of the airport, which also block its expansion. The former Central Unit, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for males, was closed in 2011. It occupied land zoned for airport expansion.[4]

History[edit]

Dr. Donald "Doc" Hull was an oral surgeon who established a dental program for the Texas Department of Corrections in the early 1950s. Hull, who commuted across Southeast Texas to provide dental care to prisoners, originally operated aircraft to South Houston Airport and Sam Houston Airport. As it expanded, the City of Houston forced those airports to close. The former Sam Houston Airport was annexed as part of Houston's ETJ and became the Westbury area.

Hull decided to develop a regional airport more distant from Houston but to serve the area. In 1952 Hull landed his biplane in a field near Sugar Land. Afterward, with a loan from a friend, Hull purchased the property and developed a small airport.[5]

The City of Sugar Land purchased Hull Field on December 18, 1990 and renamed the airport as "Sugar Land Municipal Airport."[5] The City of Sugar Land opened an NFCT (non-federal control tower) that it funds and operates. This control tower manages traffic within 4 miles (6 km) of Sugar Land Airport from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.[2]

Past airline service[edit]

Several commuter airlines operated scheduled passenger service into Sugar Land Regional over the years. In the fall of 1979, Commutair was flying a "cross-town" shuttle service between the airport and Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH), with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter twin turboprop aircraft operating up to twelve round-trip flights a day.[6]

The Commutair service was replaced by Metro Airlines during the 1980s. In the summer of 1983, Metro, operating as an independent air carrier, was flying up to nine round trips a day between Sugar Land and Houston Intercontinental with Twin Otter aircraft.[7] By early 1985, Metro Airlines had entered into a codesharing agreement with Eastern Air Lines and was flying Twin Otter aircraft as Eastern Express between the airport and IAH with up to eleven round trip flights a day.[8]

In 1993, Austin-based Conquest Airlines announced it would begin intrastate flights from the airport to Austin, (AUS), Dallas Love Field (DAL), and San Antonio.[9] By 1994, Conquest had dropped flights to San Antonio but was still operating nonstops to Austin and Dallas.[10] In 1995, the airline was operating three nonstop flights a day to Austin with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metro III model) propjets. By 1996 Conquest was no longer serving Sugar Land Regional.[11]

The airport does not have any scheduled passenger airline flights.

Current name[edit]

Sugar Land Regional Airport received its current name in October 2002.[5] The airfield was formerly known as Sugar Land Municipal Airport and Hull Field. It is the fourth-largest airport in Greater Houston as of 2009, receiving annual usage from private planes of more than 100 Fortune 500 companies. TXP, Inc. released a report identifying the airport as "foremost general reliever airport in the southwest sector" and "a catalyst for corporate commerce in the Greater Houston market including the Westchase District, Uptown, and Greenway Plaza."[12]

The airport is the fourth-largest in the Houston area, serving as a reliever for William P. Hobby Airport. As of 2010 Sugar Land Regional is the third-busiest airport in Greater Houston by amount of aircraft operations.[13]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the airport

Sugar Land Regional Airport covers an area of 426 acres (172 ha) and contains one concrete paved runway designated 17/35 which measures 8,000 x 100 ft (2,438 x 30 m). For the 12-month period ending July 28, 2005, the airport had 90,758 aircraft operations, an average of 248 per day: 95% general aviation, 5% air taxi and less than 1% military. In August 2017, there were 139 aircraft based at this airport: 84 single-engine, 18 multi-engine, 34 jet and 3 helicopter.[2]

The airport includes the former Stanford Aviation hangar, described by Mimi Swartz of Texas Monthly as "impeccably landscaped." Flights from the terminal went to Antigua.[14]

US Customs and Border Protection has a small facility at the airport.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sugar Land Regional Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for SGR (Form 5010 PDF), effective August 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Kanable, Rebecca (May–June 2011). "Sugar Land Regional". Airport Improvement Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  4. ^ Pina, Kim (April 18, 2008). "What's in store for Sugar Land's airport?". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "History". Sugar Land Regional Airport. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2010.  ()
  6. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston (IAH) schedules
  7. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1983 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston (IAH) schedules
  8. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston (IAH) schedules
  9. ^ Staff (October 14, 1993). "Conquest Airlines to add 21 flights to Sugar Land schedule". Austin American-Statesman. pp. F1. Retrieved June 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Sept. 15, 1994 Conquest Airlines route map
  11. ^ April 2, 1995 Offioial Airline Guide (OAG), Austin schedules
  12. ^ "Potential Economic & Tax Impact of Central Prison Unit & Smithville Property Redevelopment". Feasibility Study of Relocating the Central Unit (PDF). Texas Department of Criminal Justice. January 2009. pp. 1 (24/45). Archived from the original (pdf) on March 31, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ Crocker, Ronnie (November 27, 2010). "A lot of lift". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ Swartz, Mimi (May 2009). "The Dark Knight". 37 (5). Texas Monthly. p. 211. 

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