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Doña Ana County Jetport fetes improvements


The Doña Ana County International Jetport at Santa Teresa has finished a $9 million project to increase its capacity to land cargo planes.

This jetport can now handle aircraft up to the older model Boeing 737-300 series aircraft, as well as limited cargo aircraft and larger corporate aircraft. The renovation will allow aircraft up to 94,000 pounds capacity.

In addition, a new 12,000 feet "crosswind" runway is planned and, when built, will improve safety for pilots landing during certain wind conditions.

The jetport functions as a general aviation airport. It is located on 1,712 acres of land near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry and county industrial parks. The airport abuts the Union Pacific Intermodal Railroad Yard and its east-west rail line.

The jetport and adjacent industrial park are designated as a "Foreign Trade Zone." The new runway is 9,950 feet long and 75 feet wide.

“With its convenient location and relatively easy access, this Jetport is becoming a favorite destination for corporate aircraft and fractional ownership aircraft that support the west side of El Paso and the Santa Teresa Industrial Park,” said Airport Manager William “Bill” Provance.

The renovation was funded by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, the New Mexico Aviation Division and three legislative capital outlay grants.

For more information, call 575-589-2200 or send an email to Susana@gpiinc.biz.