The Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) operates Tucson International Airport (TUS), the region’s major commercial airport, and Ryan Airfield (RYN), a modern general aviation airport west of Tucson.
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 square feet 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 14 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.
The mission of the Tucson Airport Authority is to promote aviation and foster economic development by strategically planning, developing and operating the most effective, efficient and safest airport system for southern Arizona.