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Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Ryan Field
Airport type Public
Owner Baton Rouge Airport Authority
Serves Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Location East Baton Rouge Parish
Elevation AMSL 70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates 30°31′58″N 091°09′00″W / 30.53278°N 91.15°W / 30.53278; -91.15Coordinates: 30°31′58″N 091°09′00″W / 30.53278°N 91.15°W / 30.53278; -91.15
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 7,500 2,286 Concrete
4R/22L 3,799 1,158 Asphalt
13/31 7,004 2,135 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations 111,257
Based aircraft 148
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (IATA: BTRICAO: KBTRFAA LID: BTR), also known as Ryan Field, is a public use airport located four nautical miles (7 km) north of the central business district of Baton Rouge, a city in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States.[1]

The airport was originally Harding Army Air Field during World War II and was used by the United States Army Air Force Technical Service Command as a maintenance and supply base. Today other than the runways, virtually no traces remain of the military installation.


Facilities and aircraft

The airport covers an area of 1,250 acres (506 ha) at an elevation of 70 feet (21 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 4L/22R is 7,500 by 150 feet (2,286 × 46 m) with a concrete surface; 4R/22L is 3,799 by 75 feet (1,158 × 23 m) with an asphalt surface; 13/31 is 7,004 by 150 feet (2,135 × 46 m) with an asphalt surface.[1]

Air Traffic Services are provided by dedicated Air Traffic Controllers in the tower and the Terminal Radar Approach Control.

For the 12-month period ending November 30, 2008, the airport had 111,257 aircraft operations, an average of 304 per day: 67% general aviation, 20% air taxi, 7% military and 6% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 148 aircraft based at this airport: 61% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 11% jet and 7% helicopter.[1]

Passenger airlines and destinations

Destinations served from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (as of August 2008)

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport has two concourses: Concourse A (gates A1-A4), and Concourse B (gates B1-B3).

Airlines Destinations Concourse
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth B
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental A
Continental Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines Houston-Intercontinental A
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta A
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Memphis A

Cargo airlines

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport currently has a 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) cargo facility. It is currently being expanded to 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2).


Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is relatively small for a city and metro area of its size due mainly to its close proximity to New Orleans' Armstrong International Airport. Despite aggressive advertising campaigns encouraging passengers to utilize the airport, load factors were low (below 800,000 passengers per year) and fares were among the highest in the region.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and its ensuing increase in Baton Rouge's (temporary and permanent) population; BTR saw its destination portfolio expanded dramatically. New services were initiated to Cincinnati, New York City (both Newark, New Jersey and LaGuardia airports), Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Washington-Reagan, St. Louis, and Orlando. All such services were withdrawn by 2008, and the airport returned to its longstanding status quo of four destinations.

All of the service at the airport is provided by regional jets. The regularly scheduled service includes operations by Delta Air Lines to Atlanta and Memphis (CRJ200), Continental Airlines to Houston (ERJ 135 / ERJ 145), and American Airlines to Dallas/Fort Worth (ERJ 145).

Expansion and development

Louisiana Aircraft Inc., a fixed base operation on the south side of the airport has been purchased by a real estate developer. The developer has plans to build more hangar space and has purchased the old Capitol Jet Center / LuxJet FBO located on the east side of the airport. Future plans include a ramp and hangars on the north side of the airfield. The increase in hangar space is most noticeable during the College Football season. This future expansion is causing the Army National Guard armory of the 769th Combat Engineer Battalion to relocate to the other side of Baton Rouge.

See also


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

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BTR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.

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