El Paso International Airport
|Owner||City of El Paso|
|Operator||El Paso Aviation Department|
|Serves||El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S. Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
|Location||El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|Elevation AMSL||3,958 ft / 1,206 m|
El Paso International Airport ((IATA: ELP, ICAO: KELP, FAA LID: ELP), Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de El Paso) is a public airport four miles (6 km) northeast of downtown El Paso, in El Paso County, Texas, United States. It is the largest commercial airport in West Texas and southern New Mexico, handling 2,929,362 passengers in 2017. The airport is primarily for the El PasoLas Cruces Combined Statistical Area.
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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. 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.
What became the present-day 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.
At the end of the war the airfield was deemed excess by the military and returned to the local government for civil use. The April 1952 C&GS diagram[vague] shows runways 4, 8, 12 and 17, each 7001 to 7062 ft long.
El Paso was the last stop of the first hijacking of a jetliner, a Boeing 707 owned by Continental Airlines. Before airline deregulation in the United States, El Paso was a focus city for Continental but was soon demoted to a standard station in a hub-and-spoke system under Frank Lorenzo. The airline had a pilot base that was closed in 1963 but re-opened in 1977.
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.
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 for the following airlines. 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
El Paso International Airport has 15 gates on 2 concourses: Concourse A has gates A1A4 and Concourse B has gates B1B11.
|Alaska Airlines||San Diego (begins February 19, 2019), SeattleTacoma (begins February 19, 2019)|||
|Allegiant Air|| Las Vegas, San Diego|
|American Airlines||ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|||
|American Eagle||ChicagoO'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, PhoenixSky Harbor|||
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|||
|Delta Connection||Salt Lake City|||
|Frontier Airlines||ChicagoO'Hare, Denver|||
|Southwest Airlines|| Austin, DallasLove, Denver, HoustonHobby, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, PhoenixSky Harbor, San Antonio, San Diego|
Seasonal: San Jose (CA) (begins January 13, 2019)
|United Express||ChicagoO'Hare, Denver, HoustonIntercontinental|||
|FedEx Express||Austin, HoustonIntercontinental, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Antonio|
|UPS Airlines||Albuquerque, Lubbock, Ontario, San Antonio|
|1||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||275,000||American|
|2||PhoenixSky Harbor, Arizona||234,000||American, Southwest|
|4||Los Angeles, California||113,000||American, Southwest|
|8||Las Vegas, Nevada||90,000||Allegiant, Southwest|
|9||Chicago-O'Hare, Illinois||83,000||American, Frontier, United|
|10||Denver, Colorado||82,000||Frontier, Southwest, United|
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