West Houston Airport

West Houston Airport (IATA: IWS, ICAO: KIWS, FAA LID: IWS) is a privately owned, public use airport in Harris County, Texas,[1] 15 miles west of Downtown Houston[1] in the Greater Katy area. It opened in 1962 and was Lakeside Airport until the early 1980s[2] due to its location near the edge of Addicks reservoir.

West Houston Airport
Airport typePublic use
OwnerWest Houston Airport Corp.
ServesGreater Katy
Elevation AMSL111 ft / 34 m
Coordinates29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250Coordinates: 29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250
IWS is located in Texas
IWS is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 3,953 1,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations103,000

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.[3] Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Houston is the airport's designated ARTCC.[4]


West Houston Airport covers 200 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 111 feet (34 m). Its single runway, 15/33, is 3,953 by 75 feet (1,205 x 23 m) asphalt.[1][5]

In 2016 the airport had 103,000 aircraft operations, average 282 per day: 68% local general aviation, 31% transient general aviation, and 1% air taxi.[1]

The airport is home to more than 375 aircraft. Being privately owned, the airport does not receive federal funding for improvements. There is no landing fee for fixed-wing aircraft, but a $10 USD Handling/Security/Facility fee will be invoiced to the aircraft's owner if incoming passengers do not make some sort of purchase to support the airport.[6] The terminal building is a two-story facility containing conference rooms and normal airport facilities.

West Houston Airport was named as one of America's "Most Needed Airports" list by NATA (National Air Transportation Association) [7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for IWS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "West Houston Airport History". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Airport Information". West Houston Airport.
  5. ^ West Houston Airport, 4000' x 75' Paved w/Parallel Taxiways
  6. ^ "Copy of Fee Invoice Cover Letter".
  7. ^ http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/archives/national-aviation-group-puts-west-houston-airport-on-most-needed/article_5dde3674-9630-5b9d-bda5-79184681236e.html?mode=jqm

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