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Las Cruces International Airport (IATA: LRU, ICAO: KLRU, FAA LID: LRU) is a city-owned, public airport nine miles west of the central business district of Las Cruces, in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.[1] It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2019–23 which categorized it as a regional general aviation facility.[2]

Las Cruces International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Las Cruces
ServesLas Cruces, New Mexico
Elevation AMSL4,457 ft / 1,358 m
Coordinates32°17′22″N 106°55′19″W / 32.28944°N 106.92194°W / 32.28944; -106.92194Coordinates: 32°17′22″N 106°55′19″W / 32.28944°N 106.92194°W / 32.28944; -106.92194
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LRU is located in New Mexico
Location of airport in New Mexico
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,501 2,286 Asphalt
8/26 6,069 1,850 Asphalt
12/30 7,506 2,288 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations79,880
Based aircraft134

LRU is a landing rights airport and is on a mesa overlooking the Mesilla Valley.[3] The airport was the base for Zia Airlines in the 1970s and early 1980s.[4] There have been no scheduled passenger flights to this airport since Westward Airways ceased operations on July 25, 2005.[5]

The airport is used by general aviation, the United States government, New Mexico State University, private charters and the local CAP squadron. National Guard's C Company, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, operates and houses four UH-72 Lakota helicopters at the Las Cruces International Airport.[citation needed] The field retains a terminal in case scheduled flights return to the facility.[citation needed] The nearest commercial air travel is available at El Paso International Airport or Albuquerque International Sunport.[citation needed]

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Las Cruces International Airport covers 2,193 acres (887 ha) at an elevation of 4,457 feet (1,358 m) above mean sea level. It has three runways: 4/22 is 7,501 by 106 feet (2,286 x 32 m) asphalt; 8/26 is 6,069 by 100 feet (1,850 x 30 m) asphalt; 12/30 is 7,506 by 100 feet (2,288 x 30 m) concrete.[1]

In the year ending December 31, 2017 the airport had 79,880 total aircraft operations, an average of 219 per day: 67.4% military, 28.2% general aviation, and 4.5% air taxi. 136 aircraft were then based at this airport: 72% single-engine, 9.6% multi-engine, 2.2% jet, 2.2% helicopter, 2.9% glider, 8.1% ultralight, and 2.9% military.[1]

The airport has two fixed-base operators (FBOs), Southwest Aviation[6] and Francis Aviation.[7] Southwest Aviation provides flight instruction services, aircraft fuel, and facilities to handle corporate aircraft and private charters. Francis Aviation provides aircraft fuel, charters, and facilities to handle corporate aircraft and private charters. Frost Aviation Services also operates at the airport providing flight training services.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for LRU (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "Appendix A: List of NPIAS Airports with 5-Year Forecast Activity and Development Estimate" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) Report. Federal Aviation Administration. October 3, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "19 CFR § 122.14 - Landing rights airport". Code of Federal Regulations. Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute. Retrieved May 15, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Zia Airlines". Airline Timetable Images. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Cessation of Westward Airways Operations". U.S. Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (DOC) on March 20, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Southwest Aviation, Inc". Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "FBO, Jet Fuel". Francis Aviation. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Flight Training Schools, Private Pilot Flight School - Frost Aviation Services - Las Cruces, Nm". Frost Aviation Services. Retrieved May 15, 2019.

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