Sugar Land Regional Airport
Sugar Land Regional Airport, also known as SGR, is a city-owned public-use airport in Sugar Land, Texas. As of 2009, it was the fourth largest airport within the Houston- Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area, with an average of 200 operations a day (mostly as a reliever airport). The airport also handles many corporate jet and turboprop flights; much of the clientele is also governmental and private. It covers an area of 622 acres and has one runway: 17/35, which is 8,000 by 100 feet (concrete). For the 12 months ending July 28th, 2005, the airport had 90,758 operations. 95% general aviation, 5% air taxi, and less than 1% military. There were 139 aircraft based in the airport, 84 single-engine, 18 multi-engine, 34 jets, and three helicopters.
In the 1950s, Dr. Donald "Doc" Hull established a dental program for the Texas Department of Corrections. As he had to commute, he would fly aircraft to South Houston Airport and Sam Houston Airport. However, the expansion of the city of Houston forced the closure of those airports. This led Hull to develop a regional airport, which would be a little further from the city (so as not to be infringed upon) but still close enough that it could serve the area. He took a loan from a friend and purchased a field near Sugar Land, where he was able to land his biplane and develop an airport on the grounds. He named it Hull Field. Over the years, the airport had scheduled service from commuter airlines. In 1979 Commutair was flying a cross-town shuttle service to Houston Intercontinental Airport. In the 1980s, it was replaced by Metro Air. By the summer of 1983, Metro was flying up to nine round trips a day between Hull Field and Houston Intercontinental. A codesharing agreement between Metro and Eastern Airlines led to 11 daily round-trip flights on the same route under Eastern Express. Finally, in the 90s Austin-based ZConquest Airlines was flying from the airport to Mueller Airport in Austin, to Dallas Love Field, and to San Antonio. This lasted until 1996, and there are currently no scheduled airline flights from the airport. In 1990 the City of Sugar Land purchased Hull Field and renamed it Sugar Land Municipal Airport. It was renamed again in October 2002 as Sugar Land Regional Airport.
The airport is located 17 miles southwest of Houston's central business district.
- SGR is a reliever for William P. Hobby Airport.
- SGR receives annual usage from over 100 private planes of Fortune 500 companies.
- A TXP, Inc. report called it the "foremost general reliever airport in the southwest sector" and "a catalyst for corporate commerce in the Greater Houston market."
- Texas Monthly described the former Stanford Aviation hangar, whose flights went to Antigua, as "impeccably landscaped." As the airport is surrounded by homes, a park, and a highway and railroad track, it is essentially blocked from expansion.
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