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The airport inventory covers 26 system airports serving general aviation in the Houston-Galveston region. These airports are all open to public use and typically have a paved runway, are owned by one person, entity or partnership, and have basic facilities for airport fueling, repair and storage.
System AirportsThe RASP defines a system airport as a regionally significant public-use airport that help meet the aviation needs of the region. “Regionally significant” airport facilities are defined as:
System airports provide needed aviation facilities and services and help to make the region a destination for aircraft nationwide. The RASP includes airports with varying locations, facilities and services to provide a range of options for the aviation community.
Regional Airport System Map
Eight of the airports are owned by private individuals or companies, while 18 are owned by public entities such as cities or counties. The airports have 3,032 based aircraft that generate more than 1.9 million annual operations. The RASP includes 2 commercial service, 10 reliever and 14 general aviation airports as described below:
Commercial Service Supports scheduled passenger service by transport aircraft. Primary commercial service airports have more than 10,000 passengers per year.
Reliever Relieves congestion at a commercial service airport by providing an alternative for general aviation. Reliever airports typically have at least 100 based aircraft.
General Aviation Airports with no scheduled air carrier service or scheduled air carrier service for less than 2,500 passengers per year.
As shown in the table below, the reliever airports are the heart of the regional aviation system. These 10 airports relieve Bush Intercontinental and Hobby of nearly one million annual aircraft operations.
Instrument approaches aid pilots in landing at airports in low visibility. Twenty three airports have at least one instrument approach. In addition, seven airports have air traffic control towers.
Keith GarberPrincipal Outreach Coordinator, Transportation713-993-4502Keith.Garber@h-gac.com