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Tucson International Airport


TUS Terminal Front.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Tucson Airport Authority
Serves Tucson, Arizona
Elevation AMSL 2,643 ft / 806 m
Coordinates 32°06′58″N 110°56′28″W / 32.11611°N 110.94111°W / 32.11611; -110.94111
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 7,000 2,134 Asphalt
11L/29R 10,996 3,352 Asphalt
11R/29L 8,408 2,563 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 251,099
Passenger boardings 2,223,008
Passenger arrivals/departures 4,429,905
Source: FAA[1] and airport website[2]

Tucson International Airport (IATA: TUSICAO: KTUSFAA LID: TUS) is a joint civil-military public airport located six miles (10 km) south of the central business district of Tucson, in Pima County, Arizona, United States and is the second largest and busiest commercial airport in Arizona, after Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.



Tucson International is owned and operated by the Tucson Airport Authority, which also operates Ryan Airfield

Currently, Tucson International Airport is not a hub or focus city for any major passenger airline carrier.

The airport recently completed a Concourse Renovation Project, the last phase of an extensive remodeling begun in 2000 that added 82,000 sq ft (7,600 m2) to ticketing and baggage claim. On March 19, 2008, the previous West/East concourses and gates were renumbered with the East Concourse becoming Concourse A: Gates A1 - A9, and the West Concourse becoming Concourse B: Gates B1 - B11. The international arrival area was relocated to the main terminal in Concourse A, whereas before it existed in a separate terminal.

Public transportation to and from the airport is provided by Sun Tran bus routes #6 and #11.


FAA diagram of Tucson International Airport

In 1919, Tucson opened the first municipally-owned airport in the United States. Nine years later, in 1928, commercial air service began at Tucson International with Standard Airlines (later American Airlines) in 1928. Regular airmail service started two years later.

During World War II, the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Technical Service Command. A contract flying school was also operated by the USAAF West Coast Training Center from 25 July 1942 until September 1944.

In 1948, the Tucson Airport Authority was created as a non-profit corporation to operate the airport. The airport was then moved to its current location and operated on the west ramp out of three hangars vacated by World War II military manufacturing companies.

In 1963, a new terminal facility was completed, housing six airlines and an international inspection station, earning the title, Tucson International Airport.


Aerial view of Tucson International Airport

Tucson International Airport covers an area of 8,244 acres (33 km2) and contains three runways:

  • Runway 11L/29R: 10,996 x 150 ft (3,352 x 46 m), air carrier runway, ILS equipped.
  • Runway 11R/29L: 8,408 x 75 ft (2,563 x 23 m), air carrier runway, general aviation, & air taxi.
  • Runway 3/21: 7,000 x 150 ft (2,134 x 46 m), air carrier runway, general aviation & air taxi.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 257,191 aircraft operations, an average of 704 per day: 59% general aviation, 17% scheduled commercial, 14% military and 10% air taxi.

Runway 11L is used the most for commercial air traffic, as there are often prevailing winds, and it is preferred. In occasional trade winds, commercial traffic uses runway 29R, and even rarer, with strong winds from the south, runway 21. Runway 11R-29L is too skinny(only 75 ft. wide) for most commercial aircraft, but runway 3 can be used by commercial flights.


In 2008, the airport had 2,116,694 enplanements and 2,109,175 deplanements, a decrease of 4.61% from calendar year 2007. In 2007, airline seat capacity was down by apx 1,500 to 6,741 compared to 8,180 seats in 2007 as a result of reductions by the airlines in response to the spike in oil prices.

In 2007, Tucson International Airport set a new passenger record for the fourth consecutive year with 4,429,905 total arriving and departing passengers, an increase of 4.8% over the 2006 total. Tucson's top ranked carriers included Southwest Airlines, with a 30% market share; American Airlines, which accounted for 19.6% of the total traffic, and US Airways which had a 12.5% market share.

Terminals and Concourses

Tucson International Airport is split into two concourses, Concourse A which contains 9 gates: A1 - A9, and Concourse B which contains 11 gates: B1 - B11. As of July 2009, Tucson's 8 carriers serve 15 destinations.

Tucson International Airport
Route Map
Tucson International Airport
Terminal Map
Departure Gate B6
Southwest Airlines is currently Tucson's largest carrier offering 18 daily flights to 6 cities.
The Baggage Claim area at Tucson International Airport. Baggage Claim Belt 5, is used solely by Southwest Airlines.
The Rental Car Complex at Tucson International Airport (north end to south end). TIA is serviced by all seven major rental car compaines.

International Terminal

Note: All International Arrivals and Departures are handled in the Main Terminal.

U.S. Customs and Immigration have offices located in a separate building within walking distance of the Main Terminal (the International Terminal). This is the reason that TUS is still designated as an international airport despite currently having no scheduled passenger flights that leave the United States. There is one daily international cargo flight, to Hermosillo, Mexico.

Main Terminal

All ticketing occurs at the ticketing level and all baggage claim is located at the baggage level. The terminal's third level contains a full service restaurant as well as public meeting rooms available for rent.

Concourse A

Concourse A has 9 Gates: A1 - A9

Concourse B

Concourse B has 11 Gates: B1 - B11

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma B
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth A
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental B
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul [seasonal] B
Delta Connection operated by
SkyWest Airlines
Salt Lake City B
Frontier Airlines Denver A
Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines Denver A
Southwest Airlines Albuquerque, Chicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego A
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul [seasonal] A
United Airlines Denver B
United Express operated by
SkyWest Airlines
Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco B
US Airways Phoenix [seasonal] B
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Phoenix B

Cargo Terminal

There are two air freight facilities located east of the Main Terminal, off Airport Drive. Air carriers providing air freight include:

Military Facilities

Tucson International Airport also hosts Tucson Air National Guard Base, a 92 acre complex on the northwest corner of the airport that is home to the 162d Fighter Wing (162 FW), an Air Education and Training Command (AETC)-gained unit of the Arizona Air National Guard. The largest Air National Guard fighter unit in the United States, the 162 FW operates over 70 F-16C/D/E/F aircraft in three operational fighter squadrons. The wing provides training on the F-16 Fighting Falcon, augmenting the active Air Force's 56th Fighter Wing (56 FW) at Luke AFB, Arizona as a Formal Training Unit (FTU) for training Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard and NATO/Allied/Coalition F-16 pilots.

The wing also hosts the Air National Guard / Air Force Reserve Command (ANG AFRC) Command Test Center as a tenant unit, which conducts operational testing on behalf of the Air Reserve Component. The 162 FW also hosts "Snowbird" operations during the winter months for Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, and Air National Guard F-16 and A-10 units from northern tier bases in the continental United States, as well as Canadian Forces and Royal Air Force flying units.[3][4][5]

During its history at TUS, the 162nd has operated the F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-102 Delta Dagger, A-7 Corsair II and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.[3] Not counting students or transient flight crews, the instalation employs over 1,700 personnel, over 1,100 of whom are full-time and the remainder traditional part-time Air National Guardsmen. Although an AETC organization, the 162nd also maintains an F-16 Alert Detachment at nearby Davis-Monthan AFB in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

See also


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

  • 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
  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for TUS (Form 5010 PDF)
  2. ^ Tucson Airport Authority, Airport Activity Statistics, 2006.
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^
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