West Houston Airport

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West Houston Airport
Airport type Public use
Owner West Houston Airport Corp.
Serves Houston, Texas
Elevation AMSL 111 ft / 34 m
Coordinates 29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250Coordinates: 29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250
Website WestHoustonAirport.com
IWS is located in Texas
IWS is located in the US
Location of airport in Texas / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 3,953 1,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 103,000

West Houston Airport (IATA: IWSICAO: KIWSFAA LID: IWS) is a privately owned, public use airport in Harris County, Texas, United States.[1] It is located 13 nautical miles (15 mi, 24 km) west of Downtown Houston,[1] in an unincorporated area of the county, immediately west of the Houston city limits.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.[2] Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Houston is the airport's designated ARTCC.[3]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

West Houston Airport covers an area of 200 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 111 feet (34 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,953 by 75 feet (1,205 x 23 m).[1][4]

For the 12-month period ending June 5, 2011, the airport had 103,000 aircraft operations, an average of 282 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% air taxi.[1]

The airport is home to over 375 aircraft. As a privately owned airport, the airport does not receive federal funding for improvements. There is no landing fee but incoming passengers are requested to make a purchase of some sort to support the airport.

The airport hosts several aviation organizations such as the EAA, 99's, AOPA, ABS, NBAA, and TFGA.


West Houston Airport offers a variety of services, including a VIP lounge with free Wi-Fi, hangars, and airplane covers. The airport is also a certified flight school by the FAA. There are several amenities located at the airport: Radio shop, FAA license repair Facility and Cessna Service Center as well as an upholstery shop for aircraft interiors.

The terminal building is a two story facility containing conference rooms and normal airport facilities.

West Houston Airport was named as one of America's "Most Needed Airports" list by NATA (National Air Transportation Association) [5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for IWS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Airport Information]". West Houston Airport. 
  4. ^ West Houston Airport, 4000' x 75' Paved w/Parallel Taxiways
  5. ^ http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/archives/national-aviation-group-puts-west-houston-airport-on-most-needed/article_5dde3674-9630-5b9d-bda5-79184681236e.html?mode=jqm

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