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El Paso International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of El Paso
OperatorEl Paso Aviation Department
ServesEl Paso, Texas, U.S.
Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
LocationEl Paso, Texas, U.S.
Elevation AMSL3,958 ft / 1,206 m
Coordinates31°4826N 106°2239W / 31.80722°N 106.37750°W / 31.80722; -106.37750Coordinates: 31°4826N 106°2239W / 31.80722°N 106.37750°W / 31.80722; -106.37750
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 12,020 3,664 Asphalt
8R/26L 9,025 2,751 Asphalt
8L/26R 5,499 1,676 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations86,016

El Paso International Airport ((IATA: ELP, ICAO: KELP, FAA LID: ELP), Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de El Paso) is four miles (6 km) northeast of downtown El Paso, in El Paso County, Texas. It is the largest civil airport in West Texas and southern New Mexico, handling 3,260,556 passengers in 2018.[2]


The City of El Paso built the first El Paso Municipal Airport near the east side of the Franklin Mountains in 1928. The airport was closed by 1945 and in more recent times has been home to the Jobe Concrete Products "Planeport" cement factory.[3] In 1934 Varney Speed Lines (now United Airlines) operated at the original El Paso Municipal Airport (now closed). The original El Paso Municipal Airport construction was inspired by a visit from Charles Lindbergh.[citation needed]

What became today's El Paso International Airport was built as Standard Airport by Standard Airlines in 1929 for transcontinental air mail service. Standard Airlines became a division of American Airlines in the 1930s. In 1936 American Airlines "swapped" airports with the City of El Paso and El Paso International Airport was born.[3]

During World War II, the airport was a United States Army Air Forces training base. Units which trained at El Paso Army Airfield were:

  • 385th Bombardment Group (Heavy) (B-17 Flying Fortress) December 21, 1942 February 1, 1943
    • Served with the 8th Air Force in England.
  • 491st Bombardment Group (Heavy) (B-24 Liberator) November 11, 1943 January 1, 1944
    • Served with the 8th Air Force in England.
  • 497th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) (B-29 Superfortress) November 20December 1, 1943
    • Served with the 20th Air Force at Saipan.

On August 3, 1961, El Paso was the last stop of the first major US hijacking of a jetliner, a Boeing 707 owned by Continental Airlines.[4]

The passenger concourses were built in 1971 as part of an expansion that tripled the size of the terminal.[5] It was designed by Garland & Hilles.[6]

Serving general aviation at El Paso International Airport, Cutter Aviation established a fixed-base operation in 1982. Cutter Aviation moved to a new facility on Shuttle Columbia Drive in 2006. Atlantic Aviation also serves general aviation at ELP.


El Paso International Airport covers 6,670 acres (2,699 ha) and has three runways:[1]

  • 4/22: 12,020 ft × 150 ft (3,664 m × 46 m) Asphalt
  • 8R/26L: 9,025 ft × 150 ft (2,751 m × 46 m) Asphalt
  • 8L/26R: 5,499 ft × 75 ft (1,676 m × 23 m) Asphalt
Main terminal

The terminal is a pier-satellite layout. It has a central entrance and the gates branch out east to west on the two concourses. The airport has East and West Concourses. Gates A1A4 are located on the West Concourse and Gates B1B11 is located on the East Concourse. The airport has a total of 15 gates. There is also a lower and upper level. The gates are located on the upper level and the ticketing, baggage claim, rental car, and main entrance are located on the lower level of the terminal. The meeter/greeter area is located on the lower level just behind the escalators that lead to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint leading to the gates. Major terminal renovations have been made over the past several years, designed and managed by the local architectural firm MNK Architects.

The airport access road is Convair Road. Convair Road splits into four lanes with the left two lanes reserved for commercial vehicles and the right two lanes utilized for pickup and drop-off of passengers. In between the split road there is a waiting area where passengers can wait for commercial vehicles to arrive.

Gates: Generally, these gates are used by: Gates A1A3: American Airlines and American Eagle. Gate B1: Delta Air Lines. Gates B3B7: Southwest Airlines Gates B8 and B9:United Express. Gate B10: Allegiant. Frontier: B11

Food court: The food court is between gates B6 and B11; it has Carlos and Mickey's Mexican Express, Pizza Hut Express, Quizno's and Starbucks.

Airlines and destinations

El Paso International Airport has 15 gates on 2 concourses: Concourse A (used exclusively by American) has gates A1A4 and Concourse B has gates B1B11.

Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma [7]
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, San Diego
Seasonal: Orlando/Sanford
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth [9]
American Eagle ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, PhoenixSky Harbor [9]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [10]
Frontier Airlines ChicagoO'Hare, Denver [11]
Southwest Airlines Austin, DallasLove, Denver, HoustonHobby, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, PhoenixSky Harbor, San Antonio, San Diego
Seasonal: San Jose (CA)
United Airlines HoustonIntercontinental [13]
United Express ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental [13]
Amerijet International Miami
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth
FedEx Express Austin, HoustonIntercontinental, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Antonio
GTA Air DallasAddison
UPS Airlines Albuquerque, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, Ontario, San Antonio


Top destinations
Busiest domestic routes from ELP
(September 2018 August 2019)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 305,000 American
2 PhoenixSky Harbor, Arizona 233,000 American, Southwest
3 DallasLove, Texas 154,000 Southwest
4 Los Angeles, California 125,000 American, Southwest
5 Atlanta, Georgia 119,000 Delta
8 HoustonHobby, Texas 118,000 Southwest
7 Denver, Colorado 116,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
8 HoustonIntercontinental, Texas 109,000 United
9 Las Vegas, Nevada 99,000 Allegiant, Southwest
10 Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois 86,000 American, Frontier, United

Accidents and incidents

  • On August 31, 1957, a USAF Douglas C-124 Globemaster II struck the ground while on approach in poor weather 2.5 miles NE of ELP, five out of the 15 occupants on board perished.[15]
  • On July 20, 1982, Douglas C-47D N102BL of Pronto Aviation Services was damaged beyond repair in a crash landing near El Paso International Airport following an engine failure shortly after take-off. The aircraft was on a domestic non-scheduled passenger flight to Tucson International Airport in Arizona when the engine failed and the decision was made to return to El Paso. A single-engine go-around was attempted following an unsafe landing gear warning.[16]
  • On February 19, 1988, Don McCoy, a private pilot, the owner of El Paso Sand and Gravel, took off in a newly acquired Rockwell Aero Commander 680 in a snowstorm (an aircraft he was not properly rated to fly), and attempted to land again after encountering mechanical trouble in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). The aircraft crashed, killing the owner and two acquaintances. Some later attempted to attribute the accident to US Senator Phil Gramm, as it was alleged that McCoy planned to testify against Senator Gramm's shakedown of campaign contributions made by the El Paso Small Business Administration office.[17][18]
  • On January 16, 2006, a mechanic employed by a contractor of Continental Airlines was killed when he was sucked into the right engine of a Boeing 737524 while investigating an oil leak. The aircraft was preparing to depart as Continental Airlines Flight 1515 to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.[19][20][21]
  • In April 2015, a Southwest Airlines jet was directed by the tower at ELP to land on a closed runway under construction. The aircraft landed safely but missed construction equipment by "mere feet".[22]
  • On June 3, 2018, American Airlines Flight 1897, from San Antonio to Phoenix, was diverted to El Paso due to damage sustained by the aircraft after running into a hail storm in flight. The plane was able to land normally, and no injuries were reported.[23]

See also


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for ELP (Form 5010 PDF)
  2. ^ a b "El Paso International Airport Operating Statistics". El Paso International Airport. January 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: Texas - El Paso area". airfields-freeman.com.
  4. ^ Koerner, Brendan I. (June 10, 2013). "The Father-Son Hijacker Team Who Were 'Just Fed Up' With Being Americans". Slate Magazine. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  5. ^ McClintock, Wayne (April 2, 1971). "Airport Passenger Numbers 3 Times E.P. Population". El Paso Herald-Post. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Diaz, Kandice N. (September 22, 2008). "Hilles and Garland: Modern Architecture for the Borderland". The UTEP Prospector. Retrieved June 21, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Flight Timetable". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  8. ^ "Allegiant Interactive Route Map". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Frontier". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Check Flight Schedules". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Timetable". Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "El Paso, TX: El Paso International (ELP)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  15. ^ Accident description for 52-1021 at the Aviation Safety Network
  16. ^ "N102BL Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  17. ^ "Probable cause briefing, NTSB Identification: FTW88FA066". NTSB. January 24, 1990. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  18. ^ "Phil Gramm". Famoustexans.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  19. ^ "CNN.com Mechanic sucked into jet engine Jan 16, 2006". CNN.
  20. ^ "NTSB Report on Flight DFW06FA056". Ntsb.gov. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  21. ^ "Incident document". R721.livejournal.com. May 15, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  22. ^ Genevieve Curtis (April 17, 2015). "Plane lands on runway closed for construction at El Paso International Airport". KFOX-TV.
  23. ^ María Cortés González (June 4, 2018). "American Airlines plane forced to make an emergency landing in El Paso because of hail damage". El Paso Times.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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