Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

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Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
(former Pounds Army Airfield)
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport - Texas.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Tyler
Serves Tyler, Texas
Elevation AMSL 544 ft / 166 m
Coordinates 32°21′14″N 095°24′10″W / 32.35389°N 95.40278°W / 32.35389; -95.40278Coordinates: 32°21′14″N 095°24′10″W / 32.35389°N 95.40278°W / 32.35389; -95.40278
Website www.cityoftyler.org/...
TYR is located in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,802 2,378 Asphalt
13/31 5,200 1,585 Asphalt
17/35 4,832 1,473 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 48,677
Based aircraft 152
Gate area of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, photographed 9 April 2006.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (IATA: TYRICAO: KTYRFAA LID: TYR) is a city-owned airport three miles west of Tyler, in Smith County, Texas.[1]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service airport.[2] Federal Aviation Administration records show 76,168 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 73,841 in 2009 and 74,357 in 2010.[4]

The airport has been expanding to meet goals in "The Tyler Master Plan"; in August 17, 2002, the airport opened a new terminal building, doubling its space. Tyler is a large center for General Aviation, with three public parking lots for General Aviation arrivals.

The 2013 Federal sequester will result in the closure of the airport's control tower and will require pilots to rely on air traffic controllers from other area airports.[5][6]


see: Pounds Army Airfield for its World War II use

The airport opened in November 1929 as Tyler Municipal Airport. During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces as a training base and renamed Pounds Field after Lieutenant Jack Windham Pounds. At the end of the war the airfield was turned over to local government for civil use and became Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. [7] [8] [9] [10]

Airline flights began in the 1930s; in 1952 Delta, Braniff and Trans-Texas stopped there, but in 1957 DL and BN were gone.

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM), a large aviation museum at the airport rented and moved into the old terminal that had been closed since 2002.


The airport covers 1,200 acres (486 ha) at an elevation of 544 feet (166 m). It has three asphalt runways: 4/22 is 7,802 by 150 feet (2,378 x 46 m); 13/31 is 5,200 by 150 feet (1,585 x 46 m); 17/35 is 4,832 by 150 feet (1,473 x 46 m).[1]

In the year ending July 31, 2011 the airport had 48,677 aircraft operations, average 133 per day: 83% general aviation, 14% air taxi, 2% airline, and 1% military. 152 aircraft were then based at the airport: 60% single-engine, 22% jet, 16% multi-engine, and 2% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
United Express Houston-Intercontinental


American Eagle and United Express fly respectively to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. As of May 2015, both American Eagle and United Express operate the Embraer ERJ 145 to Tyler.

In early 2006, American Eagle announced it would be cutting flights to Tyler from eight per day to four per day.

On November 11, 2008 Tyler-Pounds Regional airport announced plans to add a fourth American Eagle regional jet departure from Tyler, starting January 6, 2009.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for TYR (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "FAA Contract Tower Closure List". American Association of Airport Executives. March 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "FAA: 149 control towers to close at small airports". USA Today. March 22, 2013. 
  7. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
  8. ^ Shaw, Frederick J. (2004), Locating Air Force Base Sites History’s Legacy, Air Force History and Museums Program, United States Air Force, Washington DC, 2004.
  9. ^ Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC
  10. ^ Thole, Lou (1999), Forgotten Fields of America : World War II Bases and Training, Then and Now - Vol. 2. Publisher: Pictorial Histories Pub, ISBN 1-57510-051-7

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