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Houston Airport System / Ellington Airport

Houston Airport System

Houston Airport System

The Houston Airport System provides a safe and dynamic air services network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and the greater Houston region.

To bring air service to Houston's population of more than 6 million, the Houston Airport System has three facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, and Ellington Airport.  The three-airport system served more than 50 million passengers in 2012, including more than 8.7 million international travelers.

The Houston Airport System forms one of North America's largest public airport systems and positions Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America.  Ellington Airport (EFD), as part of the Houston Airport System, serves as a base of operation for some of the top aerospace and aviation firms in the world.  Ellington was established in 1917 as a military airfield and has evolved into a world-class aviation and aerospace facility on the Texas Gulf Coast, one of the fastest growing regions in the Americas.
Located near NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Ellington has played a pivotal role in the development and evolution of the U.S. space program.  It has provided training support for every mission conducted into space by NASA and is the perfect place to establish aviation and aerospace businesses in support of the commercialization of the international space industry.

EFD is now home to the Texas Air National Guard, Army National Guard, the Coast Guard, and the Armed Forces Reserve Center, which includes the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.   NASA and several corporate, commercial, cargo, and aerospace-related businesses also run major operations out of Ellington.

Ellington is situated in the heart of one of the top aerospace clusters in the United States, including more than 50 aerospace contractors and companies such as The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Jacobs.  Ellington is also becoming a center for aviation and aerospace higher learning, attracting top institutions like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Land available for development

EFD has more than 600 acres of tarmac-accessible land ready for immediate development.  The airport provides easy access to downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center and the world famous Galleria shopping mall – as well as Houston’s other two major airports, William P. Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental.

Ellington is exceptionally accessible – by road, rail and water.  Three major highways lie within one mile of the airport, while a joint-usage rail line, featuring both the Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern rail operations, borders the west side.  Additionally, just a few miles away are the deep-water container and bulk liquid terminals of the ports of Houston, Texas City, and Galveston.  The ports of Houston and Galveston also feature a growing cruise industry.

In 1984, the City of Houston Department of Aviation purchased the nearly 67-year-old facility, and Ellington was opened to civil use, becoming a state-of-the-art general aviation airport. Today, the undeveloped land at Ellington is being transformed into a world-class commerce and aviation center.  Ellington is situated in a strategic location for businesses amid a 2.2 million person workforce with close proximity to key business districts, the Houston Ship Channel, railroads and major roadways.

BAHEP is actively marketing commercial development at Ellington, and these airport sites offer expanding companies many advantages including:

  • More than 600 acres of undeveloped commercial & industrial sites, with runway access, are immediately available for development
  • Centrally located in the United States – equidistant to both coasts
  • Conveniently located 16 miles from Houston’s Central Business District
  • Only 6 Miles to Hobby Airport
  • Easy Access to Beltway 8 & I-45 South
  • Corporate Hangar Sites - Ready to Build!
  • New Taxi Lane Kilo in Place
  • 25 miles to Galleria
  • Rapid "Gate-to-Air” Time
  • Located in the center of a 2.2 million person workforce
  • Highly secure location - adjacent to military installations

 Each year, Ellington Airport hosts Wings Over Houston Airshow, a non-profit 501(c)(3) community event produced by a volunteer effort of the Gulf Coast Wing and West Houston Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Legends Flying Museum, Vietnam War Flight Museum, Lewis Air Legends and Collings Foundation West.  The Airshow is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation.  One of the top air shows in the United States in its category, the Wings Over Houston Airshow, held in the fall at Ellington Airport, attracts more than 85,000 festival goers throughout Houston as well as from around the globe.

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