Tucson International Airport is a civil-military, public airport. The airport code is IATA: TUS. It is located within the 8 miles’ distance at south side of Tucson, Pima County, Arizona. The City of Tucson owns the TUS, which is operated by Tucson Airport Authority. The TUS serves Arizona and Tucson regions. It is not focus city or hub for any airline.
At Tucson airport, there are nine airlines, currently going to 22 non-stop destinations, with one-stop connections to over 345 cities worldwide. The following Airlines operate passenger flights at TUS airport: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Eagle, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Express, and United Airlines. TUS hosts two Cargo airlines: DHL Aviation (Destinations: Cincinnati, Los Angeles), and FedEx Express (Destination: Memphis).
The Capacity of TUS
The Tucson International airport covers around 7,938 acres (3,212 ha) with an elevation of 2,643 ft. (806 m); Besides, it holds three asphalt runways and helipads as well. Tucson Airport is ranked as the 2ndbusiest airport, after Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in Arizona.
Annual Passenger Traffic of Tucson airport shows the maximum number of carried passengers in 2008, with over 4.4 million passengers; The latest statistics indicate that TUS served 3,617,554 passengers in 2018. In the same year, TUS managed 120,564 operations, with an average of 330 each day: 46% - general aviation, 30% - airline, 11% - air taxi, and 13% for military. Around 336 aircraft were based at TUS: 51% for single-engine, 24% for military, 5% for multi-engine, 2% for the helicopter, and 18% for the jet.
The Brief History of TUS
In 1919, the first municipally-owned airport was opened in Tucson, United States. First commercial flights began in 1928, with standard airlines (currently known as American Airlines), whereas the regular airmail service started from the 1930s. In April 1957, TUS airlines scheduled around 21 departures each day: 15 via American, four by TWA, and two by Frontier. The first jet flights were Boeing 720s, and American Airlines Boeing 707s in September 1960.