San Angelo Regional Airport

San Angelo Regional Airport (IATA: SJT, ICAO: KSJT, FAA LID: SJT), (Mathis Field) serves San Angelo, in Tom Green County, Texas. The airport covers 1,503 acres (608 ha) and has three runways.[1] It has free parking.

San Angelo Regional Airport

Mathis Field

San Angelo Army Airfield
San Angelo Regional Airport - Texas.jpg
2006 USGS airphoto
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCity of San Angelo
ServesSan Angelo, TX
LocationSan Angelo, Texas
Elevation AMSL1,919 ft / 584.9 m
Coordinates31°21′18″N 100°29′47″W / 31.35500°N 100.49639°W / 31.35500; -100.49639Coordinates: 31°21′18″N 100°29′47″W / 31.35500°N 100.49639°W / 31.35500; -100.49639
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KSJT is located in Texas
KSJT
KSJT
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,049 2,453 Asphalt
3/21 5,939 1,810 Asphalt
9/27 4,402 1,342 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft Operations102,079
Based Aircraft123
For the World War II use of the airport see San Angelo Army Airfield

HistoryEdit

The airport, originally Carr Field, was built in 1941 by the United States Army Air Forces as a pilot training airfield. Activated on 1 June 1942, the airfield was assigned to the AAF Gulf Coast Training Center, with the Army Air Force Pilot School (Bomber and Specialized 2/4-Engine) activated (phase 3 pilot training). The school's mission was to train cadets to fly transports and bombers. It was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 June 1946. Later, the facility was disposed of by the War Assets Administration and deeded to the local government.

The airport was renamed in honor of local Jack W. Mathis, a bombardier who received the Medal of Honor. It now provides daily commercial service for the City of San Angelo, its adjacent metropolitan area, and nearby Goodfellow Air Force Base, with flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

OverviewEdit

After receiving strong growth of 5.3% in enplanements per year, Mathis Field was in need of new facilities.[2]

Nearly $4.9 million were acquired to start construction. The crown jewel of the project was the terminal and apron that was built in 1955. The terminal has had the baggage claim area expanded to ease congestion, two new jetways were added, and more room was made available for the TSA as new X-ray machines were to be installed as required for every commercial airport.[3]

San Angelo Regional Airport is classified as Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Index B, which makes the facility capable of handling regularly scheduled Boeing 737 Classic aircraft.

FacilitiesEdit

The airport is open 24 hours, but the control tower is operated by FAA contract employees and is staffed from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm.[4]

The airport has two full-service Fixed Based Operators and two aircraft maintenance and repair operations on site. In addition, the facility is home to stations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection[5] and U.S. Border Patrol.

Many new services have been built since 2008 to replace facilities or add convenience for the general aviation public. Much of the newly constructed services include a general aviation terminal, maintenance and fuel facilities, hangars, T-hangars, and tie downs. With the new additions, the site is capable of holding about 170 aircraft. The tie downs are available at no cost.[6]

A few more than 120 aircraft are based at airport. With more than 100,000 aircraft that operate out of Mathis per year, the average is about 279 per day.[1]

 
San Angelo Regional Airport

Airline and destinationEdit

AirlinesDestinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth

American Eagle service to San Angelo is operated by Envoy Air Embraer ERJ-140s and Embraer E-175s for American Airlines.

Cargo airlinesEdit

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight San Antonio
FedEx Express Austin

Ameriflight service to San Antonio is operated by Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners.

FedEx Express service to Austin is operated by Baron Aviation Services Cessna 208 Caravans.

Past airline serviceEdit

Continental Airlines began flying to San Angelo in the 1940s and in 1948 was flying Douglas DC-3s San Antonio - San Angelo - Big Spring - Midland/Odessa - Hobbs- Carlsbad - El Paso - Albuquerque - Santa Fe - Las Vegas, NM- Pueblo- Colorado Springs - Denver.[7] By 1951 Continental Convair 240s flew the same basic San Antonio - Denver multi-stop route but no longer stopped at Big Spring or Las Vegas.[8] Continental operated the first turbine airliners to San Angelo, Vickers Viscounts, and by 1963 was flying Houston Hobby Airport - Austin - San Angelo - Midland/Odessa - El Paso - Tucson - Phoenix - Los Angeles and direct to Lubbock and Amarillo via Midland/Odessa.[9] Continental left San Angelo in 1963.[10]

In 1949 Trans-Texas Airways (TTa) 21-seat Douglas DC-3s flew Dallas Love Field - Fort Worth - Brownwood - Coleman - San Angelo - Fort Stockton - Marfa/Alpine - El Paso.[11] By 1961 TTa Convair 240s were flying San Angelo - Brownwood, TX - Fort Worth - Dallas Love Field - Texarkana - Hot Springs - Little Rock - Pine Bluff - Memphis while its DC-3s flew nonstop to Dallas Love Field, San Antonio and Midland/Odessa and direct to El Paso and Shreveport.[12] In 1966 all TTa flights into San Angelo were Convair 600s with nonstop service to Austin, Abilene, Brownwood and Midland/Odessa and one-stop to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby Airport and El Paso.[13] Trans-Texas Airways changed its name to Texas International Airlines in 1969.

Texas International (TI) operated the first jets to San Angelo and in 1970 its Douglas DC-9-10s flew nonstop to Austin, Abilene and Midland/Odessa and direct to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Houston Intercontinental Airport, San Antonio and El Paso.[14] In 1976 San Angelo even had international service of a sorts as Texas International DC-9s flew four days a week to Mexico City via Abilene, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston according to the Official Airline Guide (OAG).[15] This OAG lists TI DC-9 service to San Angelo from Austin, Laredo, McAllen and San Antonio in Texas and from Abilene, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. By 1978 all TI flights at the airport were DC-9s with four a day to Dallas/Fort Worth via a stop in Abilene.[16] The airline merged into Continental Airlines in 1982 and soon left San Angelo.

Rio Airways, an independent commuter airline, then began service to San Angelo and in 1983 was flying 50-seat de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7s and 19-seat Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners, eight nonstops a day to Dallas/Fort Worth.[17] By 1985 Rio had become a Delta Connection airline and was flying 19-seat Beechcraft 1900Cs and de Havilland Dash 7s to San Angelo with seven flights a day from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.[18] By 1989 Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) had replaced Rio as the Delta Connection carrier at San Angelo and was flying 19-seat Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirantes and 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias to DFW.[19] There was also competition to Dallas/Fort Worth as American Eagle had begun service to San Angelo with 19-seat BAe Jetstream 31s and 37-seat Gulfstream I-Cs.[20] In 1995 American Eagle and Delta Connection were continuing to compete to DFW with all American Eagle flights to the airport being 34-seat Saab 340s while Delta Connection/ASA still flew Brasilias and Bandeirantes to San Angelo.[21] By 1999 San Angelo was no longer being served by Delta Connection; Delta eventually closed their DFW hub, leaving American Eagle as the only airline flying nonstop to Dallas/Fort Worth.[22] American Eagle would eventually retire all of their turboprops including the ATR-72 and begin operating regional jets on all code share flights for American Airlines which includes their current service to San Angelo.

Over 40 years after Continental Airlines left San Angelo, the airline started code share service on Colgan Air (Continental Connection) Saab 340s nonstop to Houston Intercontinental Airport.[23] This ended in 2008 and Continental later merged into United Airlines.

Ground transportationEdit

A number of companies offer taxi and shuttle service throughout San Angelo and the surrounding Tom Green County Area. Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber and Lyft, also provide service at the airport. The airport is served onsite by Avis, and Budget car rental companies. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is available off site. The airport was previously served by Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty however services ceased in July 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for SJT (Form 5010 PDF), effective June 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2018-09-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2012-11-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "San Angelo Regional Airport | City of San Angelo, TX". Cosatx.us. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  5. ^ "San Angelo Station | U.S. Customs and Border Protection". Cbp.gov. 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  6. ^ http://www.sanangelotexas.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={99CB3D23-50E1-4EFB-8227-A7547FA0F28F[dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, May 1, 1948 Continental timetable
  8. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 1, 1951 Continental timetable
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, July 1, 1963 Continental timetable
  10. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, July 29, 1964 Continental timetable
  11. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 1, 1949 Trans-Texas timetable
  12. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Sept. 24, 1961 Trans-Texas timetable
  13. ^ http://www.timetablemages.com[permanent dead link], Oct. 30, 1966 Trans-Texas timetable
  14. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1970 Texas International timetable
  15. ^ Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide, North American Edition
  16. ^ http://www.departed flights.com, March 15, 1978 Texas International timetable
  17. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1983 Official Airline Guide
  18. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide
  19. ^ http://www.departedeflights.com[permanent dead link], Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide
  20. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide
  21. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide
  22. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide
  23. ^ http://Feb. 2007 OAG Flight Guide Worldwide

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