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Laredo International Airport
Photo as of 9 February 2002
Airport type Public
Owner City of Laredo
Serves Laredo, Texas
Elevation AMSL 508 ft / 155 m
Coordinates 27°32′38″N 099°27′42″W / 27.54389°N 99.46167°W / 27.54389; -99.46167
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 5,928 1,807 Concrete
17L/35R 8,236 2,510 Concrete
17R/35L 7,711 2,350 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 57,698
Based aircraft 41
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]
Sculpture of Mexican vaquero and Anglo rancher sharing a campfire at Laredo International Airport demonstrates solidarity between the two cultures in Laredo.
KLRD entrance sign
KLRD passenger terminal
KLRD terminal entrance
For the Military use of this facility prior to 1973, see Laredo Air Force Base

Laredo International Airport (IATA: LRDICAO: KLRDFAA LID: LRD) is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Laredo, a city in Webb County, Texas, United States.[2]

The airport is served by three commercial airlines. In the twelve months ending September 2007, LRD enplaned 109,000 passengers, a 22 percent increase from the same time period the year before. In 2006, LRD totaled 365 million pounds of cargo, a 3 percent decrease from 2005.


Facilities and aircraft

Laredo International Airport covers an area of 1,796 acres (727 ha) at an elevation of 508 feet (155 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways:[2]

  • Runway 14/32: 5,928 x 150 ft (1,807 x 46 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 17L/35R: 8,236 x 150 ft (2,510 x 46 m), Surface: Concrete
  • Runway 17R/35L: 7,711 x 150 ft (2,350 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2007, the airport had 57,698 aircraft operations, an average of 158 per day: 48% general aviation, 28% military, 18% air taxi and 7% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 41 aircraft based at this airport: 37% single-engine, 20% multi-engine, 32% jet and 12% helicopter.[2]

There is one, two-floor terminal at the Laredo International Airport. The bottom floor contains the check-in counters, a gift shop, a restaurant, baggage claim, and US customs. The top floor contains two security lanes and four gates, all with jetways. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the terminal. Gates 3 and 4 allow direct access to US customs. KLRD sometimes receives a share of diverted flights when severe weather threatens Dallas or Houston.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental

Air cargo operators & destinations


The Laredo International Airport was used by the United States Army Air Force during World War II as Laredo Army Airfield, and by the United States Air Force as Laredo Air Force Base during the Cold War as a pilot training base with T-33 Shooting Star and later T-37 Tweet and T-38 Talon aircraft. The military presence ended in December 1973 as part of a nation-wide defense cutback following the end of the Vietnam War


  1. ^ Laredo International Airport, official site
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LRD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-06-05

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