Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
700 Skyway Blvd # 201 Tyler, TX 75704
Phone: (903) 531-2343
The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is a regional airport found around six miles outside of Tyler, Texas.
At the time of writing the airport has three paved runways. After the creation of "The Tyler Master Plan", which outlined many goals moving forward for the airport, there has been significant expansion of the airport including a new terminal building, which doubled the available space, and opened on August 17, 2002.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport was opened in November 1937. It was originally known as Tyler Municipal Airport. The United States Army Air Forces used the airport as a training base during World War II and renamed it as Pounds Field. At the end of the war the airfield was given back to the local area for civil use and renamed as Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. Currently there are flights available to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, in Dallas/Fort Worth, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston.
Despite its relatively small stature the airport has not been immune to controversy. Early in 2006, the American Eagle airline (a regional subsidiary of American Airlines) announced that it would be scaling back flights to Tyler from eight per day to four per day. It was perceived within the industry that this was in retaliation for the city of Tyler not taking American Airlines' side in the ongoing battle over the Wright Amendment, involving Southwest Airlines hub in Dallas, Love Field Airport.