Fort Worth Meacham International Airport


Fort Worth Meacham International Airport
Fort Worth Meacham Int'l Airport
FTW airport map.PNG
IATA: FTWICAO: KFTWFAA LID: FTW
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of Fort Worth
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Elevation AMSL 710 ft / 216 m
Coordinates 32°49′11.2″N 97°21′44.8″W / 32.819778°N 97.362444°W / 32.819778; -97.362444Coordinates: 32°49′11.2″N 97°21′44.8″W / 32.819778°N 97.362444°W / 32.819778; -97.362444
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: FTWICAO: KFTWFAA 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.

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History

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:

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.[1]

Current operations

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 [1]. 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

Other facilities

At one time Fort Worth Airlines had its headquarters on the property of the airport.[2]

References

  1. ^ The Airline News April 7, 2006
  2. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 83." "Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Texas, USA."

External links

Portal icon Dallas-Fort Worth portal
Portal icon Aviation portal

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