- Fort Worth Meacham International Airport
Fort Worth Meacham Int'l Airport IATA: FTW – ICAO: KFTW – FAA LID: FTW Summary Airport type Public Operator City of Fort Worth Location Fort Worth, Texas Elevation AMSL 710 ft / 216 m Coordinates Coordinates: Runways Direction Length Surface ft m 9/27 3,677 1,121 Asphalt 16/34 7,501 2,286 Concrete 17/35 4,006 1,221 Asphalt
Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (commonly referred to as Meacham Field) (IATA: FTW, ICAO: KFTW, FAA LID: FTW) is an airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The airport is located at the intersection of Interstate 820 and U.S. Business Highway 287 in northwest Fort Worth, near the downtown business district. Meacham International Airport has two parallel runways and a crosswind runway.
Meacham Field was purchased by the city of Fort Worth on July 3, 1925, named Fort Worth Municipal Airport. In 1927, the airport was renamed Meacham Field. American Airways moved its headquarters to Meacham Field in the early 1930s. The airport served the scheduled commercial airline service needs of the Fort Worth area until 1953, when Fort Worth transferred all commercial flights to Amon Carter Field, later known as the Greater Southwest International Airport. From 1953 to present, Meacham Field has primarily been used for corporate aircraft, commuter flights, and student pilot training. Meacham Field was renamed in 1985 to become Fort Worth Meacham Airport, and in 1995 the name changed again to Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
Since the 1953 exodus of scheduled carriers to Carter Field, seven airlines have tried to operate scheduled commercial passenger flights from Meacham. None lasted more than a couple of years. In chronological order, these airlines were:
- Air Texas (1968–1970) flew Beechcraft Model 99 and Beechcraft Queen Air turboprops from Meacham to Austin and Houston
- Tejas Airlines (1979–80) flew Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprops to Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Laredo
- Metro Airlines (1979–81) flew DHC-6 Twin Otters
- Texas Star Airlines (1981–83) connected Meacham to both Austin and Wichita Falls
- Fort Worth Airlines (1984–85) flew NAMC YS-11 turboprops
- Exec Express Airlines (1987–88), later known as Lone Star Airlines, flew Dornier Do 228 turboprops
- Mesa Airlines (1997–98) flew Bombardier CRJ jets
In 2001, Continental Airlines announced plans for Continental Express regional flights between Meacham and Houston Intercontinental Airport but this project was abandoned in the wake of the downturn in the aviation industry following the September 11, 2001, attacks. In April 2006, low-cost carrier Skybus Airlines expressed interest in operating out of the airfield as it started operations in 2007. Due to Skybus folding and the Wright Amendment not fully repealing until 2014 this service will never happen.
Meacham is currently used for general aviation purposes. Several companies operate aircraft services on the airport property, including a division of the U.S. defense contractor Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Texas Aviation Services . An aviation museum (open weekends and by appointment during the week) is located in Hangar 33 on the airport's south side, at the end of Ellis Street. The terminal building houses several ATK employees, some Fort Worth city departments (mainly Aviation and Housing Development), a branch of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and several aviation related businesses. The Civil Air Patrol operates two squadrons at Meacham, the Fort Worth Senior Squadron, and the Phoenix Composite Squadron.
Destinations and Airlines
Airlines Destinations Bombardier Business Jet Solutions Dallas, Austin Citationshares Providence, Dallas Netjets Aviation Charlotte
At one time Fort Worth Airlines had its headquarters on the property of the airport.
- Fort Worth Meacham International Airport
- Epic Helicopters LLC
- Civil Air Patrol, Phoenix Composite Squadron
- Resources for this airport:
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