Del Rio International Airport


Del Rio International Airport
Del Rio International Airport
IATA: DRTICAO: KDRT
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of Del Rio
Location Del Rio, Texas
Elevation AMSL 999 ft / 304 m
Coordinates 29°22′22.20″N 100°55′33.05″W / 29.372833°N 100.9258472°W / 29.372833; -100.9258472Coordinates: 29°22′22.20″N 100°55′33.05″W / 29.372833°N 100.9258472°W / 29.372833; -100.9258472
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,300 2,000 Asphalt

Del Rio International Airport (IATA: DRTICAO: KDRT) is a public airport located just west of Del Rio, Texas. The airport has a single 6300' runway. The airport is owned by the City of Del Rio with a seven member airport advisory board, appointed by the City Council, monitors the development and operations of the airport. The airport is classified by the FAA as a commercial primary, non-hub airport. The airport completed the 2.7 million dollar terminal expansion. The terminal has the space for a second commercial airline. Construction is in progress on the 6,000 sf. Texas Dept. Of Public Safety (DPS) Air Patrol station. New construction to begin in 2011-12 includes the 1.1 million dollar Fed Ex cargo facility, 2 million dollar New Apron and Taxilane. Upcoming projects for 2013 includes an airport control tower and a Corporate hanger.

DRT is mostly used for general aviation but is also served by United airlines. Due to its proximity to Laughlin AFB it is often used by USAF pilot training students. The Airport serves the Middle Rio Grande region.

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Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
United Airlines operated by Colgan Air Houston-Intercontinental

History

The airport opened in November 1937 as Val Verde County Airport. On 26 September 1942, during World War II, the airport was taken over by the United States Army Air Forces and used as a contract primary pilot training airfield under the AAF Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command). Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19s as the primary trainer. Also had several PT-17 Stearmans and a few P-40 Warhawks assigned.

Inactivated 11 January 1946 and airport returned to civil control.

See also

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • 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

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