Provide a sustainable airport system and constantly pursue initiatives that promote and grow business opportunities
The Tucson Airport Authority is a unique nonprofit created and developed by community business leaders and established by Arizona state charter in 1948. The TAA operates Tucson International Airport (TUS), the region’s major commercial airport, and Ryan Airfield (RYN), a general aviation airport west of Tucson.
TUS encompasses 8,282 acres and is 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 square feet of space. The TAA continually looks for opportunities to acquire contiguous and nearby properties that are important for strategic and long-range purposes.
Ryan Airfield, 14 miles southwest of downtown Tucson, covers 1,876 acres and accommodates a wide variety of general aviation activity.
The TAA has long-term leases with the City of Tucson to operate and manage both airports.
The 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.
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