Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
|Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
(former Pounds Army Airfield)
|Owner||City of Tyler|
|Elevation AMSL||544 ft / 166 m|
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records show 76,168 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 73,841 in 2009 and 74,357 in 2010.
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 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.
Historical airline service
Scheduled passenger airline service began during the 1930s. Tyler was listed in Delta Air Lines timetables by 1936 as part of a Dallas-Atlanta route flown via Shreveport and other intermediate stops in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. During the 1940s and early 1950s this service was operated with Douglas DC-3 prop aircraft. In 1952, DC-3 service operated daily by Delta included an eastbound routing of Fort Worth - Dallas - Tyler - Longview - Shreveport - Monroe - Jackson - Meridian - Selma - Montgomery - Columbus - Atlanta and a westbound routing of Atlanta - Columbus - Montgomery - Meridian - Hattiesburg - New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Alexandria - Shreveport - Tyler - Dallas - Fort Worth. Also in 1952, Delta had competition on its nonstop route to Dallas Love Field (DAL) as Trans-Texas Airways (TTa) was operating nonstop flights as well with each airline operating three flights a day with both air carriers operating DC-3 aircraft on the route. By 1958 Delta had ended its service to Tyler and with the airport no longer being listed in its timetables. In 1936, Braniff Airways offered connections to Tyler via Delta's service; however, this airline's timetables show no evidence that Braniff ever actually served Tyler.
Trans-Texas Airways (TTa) began serving Tyler during the 1940s as part of a Douglas DC-3 route between Dallas Love Field (DAL), Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPT) and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). In 1952, TTa was operating three DC-3 flights a day to Beaumont/Port Arthur via intermediate stops in Lufkin, Palestine and Nacogdoches in east Texas with one of these flights continuing on to Galveston and Houston. Service was eventually upgraded to Convair 240 prop aircraft and then Convair 600 turboprops. In 1966, TTa was operating nonstop Convair 240 and DC-3 flights to Dallas as well as direct, no change of plane Convair 240 service to Houston and New Orleans. By 1968, the turbine age had arrived at the airport as TTa had introduced Convair 600 turboprop service although the airline was also continuing to serve Tyler with DC-3 aircraft at this time.
Trans-Texas subsequently changed its name to Texas International Airlines (TI) which in turn was serving Tyler in 1970 with Convair 600 turboprops and smaller Beechcraft 99 commuter turboprops on nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with direct, no change of plane Convair 600 service being flown to Memphis and New Orleans. In 1974, TI was operating all of its service into Tyler with Convair 600 turboprops with three nonstop flights every weekday to Dallas/Fort Worth with direct, no change of plane service being operated to Houston and Memphis. By 1975, Texas International had competition on the Tyler-Dallas/Fort Worth route as commuter air carrier Metroflight Airlines, a subsidiary of Metro Airlines, was operating seven nonstop flights every weekday with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprops while TI was operating two nonstop flights on weekdays with Convair 600 turboprops. By 1978, Texas International had ended its service to Tyler. TI subsequently became an all-jet airline before eventually merging with Continental Airlines.
In 1979, Metroflight Airlines was operating the only air service to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) from the airport with nonstop flights operated with de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and Short 330 turboprop aircraft as well as flying direct, no change of plane Twin Otter service to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) via Longview and/or Nacogdoches. By 1981, the airline was operating twelve round trip flights every weekday nonstop between Tyler and Dallas/Fort Worth with Short 330 and Twin Otter turboprops. Metroflight then became an American Eagle air carrier operating code sharing flights on behalf of American Airlines and in 1985 was continuing to operate Twin Otter service between the airport and the American hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
In 1989, competition had once again resumed on the Tyler-Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) route as two airlines were operating nonstop service between the airport and DFW: American Eagle flying Saab 340 turboprops and Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) flying Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprop service via a code sharing aqreement on behalf of Delta Air Lines which was operating a hub at DFW at the time in competition with American. According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), both airlines were operating a combined total of fourteen round trip flights every weekday between the airport and DFW at this time. By 1991, Delta Connection operated by ASA was flying larger Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia propjets on the TYR-DFW route in addition to its EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprops.
In 1995, Continental Express was operating Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia propjet service to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with three nonstop flights every weekday via a code sharing agreement on behalf of Continental Airlines. By 1999, Continental Express had replaced this EMB-120 Brasilia service between Tyler and IAH with smaller Beechcraft 1900D commuter turboprop aircraft operating four nonstop flights every weekday.
Also during the mid 1990s, Conquest Airlines, a commuter air carrier, was operating nonstop service to both Austin (AUS) and San Antonio (SAT) with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner propjets. By 2000, Austin Express, also a commuter air carrier, had replaced Conquest with nonstop service to Austin (AUS) operated with Metroliner propjets.
The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM), an aviation museum located at the airport, rented and moved into the former Tyler passenger terminal that had been closed since 2002. The museum has a number of military jet fighter aircraft on display among other exhibits and also flies and maintains two Russian-manufactured Mig 17F jet fighters which are based at the airport.
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).
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.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle (operated by Envoy Air and ExpressJet)||Dallas/Fort Worth|
Envoy Air operating as American Eagle serves Tyler with Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets while ExpressJet Airlines, also operating as American Eagle, serves the airport with Canadair CRJ200 regional jets.
- FAA Airport Master Record for TYR ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1952 Delta Air Lines system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1952 Delta Air Lines system timetable & Jan. 1, 1952 Trans-Texas Airways system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Jan. 1, 1952 Trans-Texas Airways system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Oct. 30, 1966 Trans-Texas Airways system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1968 Trans-Texas Airways system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1970 Texas International Airlines system timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, March 1, 1974 Texas International Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, April 15, 1975 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Dallas/Fort Worth-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, March 15, 1978 Texas International Airlines system timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Dallas/Fort Worth-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Metroflight Airlines route map
- http://www.departedflights.com, April 1, 1981 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Dallas/Fort Worth-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Dallas/Fort Worth-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Dallas/Fort Worth-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 1, 1991 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Dallas/Fort Worth-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, April 2 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston Intercontinental-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Houston Intercontinental-Tyler flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, Sept. 15, 1994 & Sept. 30, 1996 Conquest Airlines route maps
- http://www.timetableimages.com, March 18, 2000 Austin Express system timetable
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.|
- Tyler Pounds Regional Airport at City of Tyler website
- Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, official website
- Tyler Pounds Regional (TYR) at Texas DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of January 1996 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective April 27, 2017
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TYR, effective April 27, 2017
- Resources for this airport: