Abilene Regional Airport United States
Abilene Regional Airport (IATA: ABI, ICAO: KABI, FAA LID: ABI) is a public airport three miles (5 km) southeast of Abilene, in Taylor County, Texas. It is within the Abilene city limits and owned and operated by the City.
Most operations at the airport are general aviation and military training. Abilene Regional is currently served by one airline, Envoy Air, with 7 daily regional jets to Dallas-Ft. Worth. Continental Connection ended flights to Houston in October 2008. Allegiant Airlines had twice-weekly flights to Las Vegas in 2006–07; charter airlines such as Sun Country continue frequent large-jet flights from ABI to Las Vegas.
New airline service, especially to west-bound airline hubs such as Phoenix or Denver, is a top priority for airport management. Many area residents drive to Dallas-Ft. Worth rather than fly out of ABI, and airlines have always had trouble making a profit on jets out of ABI. The advent of 50-seat regional jets has the potential to provide air service from Abilene to more cities.
Air freight service to Abilene is provided primarily by subcontractors. The airport was formerly served by major carriers; UPS and USPS now primarily truck their overnight packages in from Dallas-Fort Worth, and most Abilene-bound FedEx Express shipments are sent through Lubbock.
Southwest Medevac houses a medical helicopter and crew at the airport, available for emergency response 24/7. The city’s other emergency medical helicopter service is provided by Lifeteam Air Evac, with its aircraft and crew stationed at Hendrick Medical Center.
Abilene Regional is also home to Eagle Aviation Services, Inc., which is a heavy-maintenance base for all American Eagle aircraft. Basically every plane in the airline’s fleet is maintained at ABI. The airport grounds also act as an aircraft boneyard for American Eagle, which stores here around 20 disused Saab 340 aircraft, all in its livery.
Texas State Technical College provides aviation maintenance training at its on-field hangar base.
Trans-Texas Airways (later Texas International) flew turboprops from Amarillo and Lubbock as well as DC-9 jets to Dallas Love Field and then DFW. The original Frontier Airlines served Abilene via Midland for a short time in 1985 with a 737.