Laredo International Airport
USGS image 2006
|Owner||City of Laredo|
|Elevation AMSL||508 ft / 155 m|
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a non-hub primary commercial service airport. The airport sees three airlines with flights to Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Orlando. In the year ending December 2013, LRD had 102,856 passengers. In 2012, LRD totaled 460,000,612 pounds of cargo.
The Laredo International Airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces 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 nationwide defense cut back after the Vietnam War.
In the year ending September 30, 2017 the airport had 91,877 aircraft operations, average 252 per day: 45% general aviation, 40% military, 9% air taxi and 6% airline. In September 2018, 65 aircraft were based at this airport: 15 single-engine, 15 multi-engine, 20 jet and 15 helicopter.
There is one, two-floor terminal at the Laredo International Airport. The bottom floor has the check-in counters, a gift shop, a restaurant, baggage carousel, rental car desks, and US customs. The airport's security checkpoint and four gates, all with jetways, are on the second floor. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the terminal. Gates 3 and 4 allow direct access to US customs. LRD sometimes receives diverted flights when severe weather threatens Dallas or Houston.
|Allegiant Air|| Las Vegas|
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Ameristar Air Cargo||Houston–Intercontinental|
|FedEx Express||Memphis, San Antonio|
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, San Antonio|
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