The Regional Aviation System Plan provides a framework for airport development in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. The plan examines the region’s airports, evaluates how well they are performing today, and determines what improvements are needed in the future. The Regional Aviation System Plan seeks to ensure that the region’s airports are preserved, that they have the facilities and capacity to operate safely and efficiently, and that they provide maximum economic benefits to their local communities and the region.

Plan Goals

Preserve Existing Airports

Preserve existing airports through public ownership or public/private partnership for all airports in the NPIAS, and regional partnerships for small publicly owned airports where appropriate.

Improve Safety and Security

Improve safety and security by bringing airports to FAA standards, establishing an emergency airport system, and ensuring security perimeter fencing for all airports.

Improve Efficiency

Improve efficiency by building on each airport’s strengths for better system integration, adding hangars at airports with pent-up demand and sufficient aviation services, and providing essential services, additional facilities or increasing capacity to eliminate constraints.

Benefit Communities

Benefit communities by establishing protective land use restrictions around airports, adding signs, gateway entrances and landscaping, and encouraging community events at airports.

Plan Documents and Links

Disclaimer: The preparation of this plan was supported, in part, through the Airport Improvement Program financial assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (Project Number 3-48-D301-001-2008) as provided under Title 49 U.S.C., Section 47104. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of the FAA. Acceptance of this report by the FAA does not in any way constitute a commitment on the part of the United States to participate in any development depicted therein nor does it indicate that the proposed development is environmentally acceptable or would have justification in accordance with appropriate public laws.