The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) airport system consists of Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Ryan Airfield. TUS is a full commercial service airport serving the Tucson metropolitan area, southern Arizona, and northern Sonora, Mexico. Ryan Airfield serves as a general aviation reliever airport for TUS and is a popular recreation field for transient pilots
TUS encompasses 8,343 acres and is located eight miles south of the City's central business district. There are 130 separate buildings on the airport complex that provide nearly 2.5 million sq.ft. of space. The Authority continually looks for opportunities to acquire contiguous and nearby properties that are important for strategic and long range purposes.
Ryan Airfield, located 12 miles southwest of downtown Tucson, covers 1,804 acres and accommodates a wide variety of general aviation activity.
The Authority has a long term lease with the City of Tucson to operate and manage both airfields.
TAA does not receive any local tax dollars. Operations are funded through revenues from parking, space rentals, land leases, fuel sales, airline landing fees, and concessions. Capital improvements such as runway and terminal construction are funded through state and federal grants