News media should call a representative of the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) Business Development and Marketing Department or Dispatch prior to arrival at either Tucson International Airport (TUS) or Ryan Airfield (RYN). This will help TAA facilitate any needs required by media and it can help alleviate issues that could slow media from doing their work at the airport. The terminal at Tucson International Airport and the Administration Building at Ryan Airfield are operated by the TAA. Media may record and use video and photography equipment in publicly accessible areas, including but not limited to lobbies, parking lots and garages, roadways, hallways adjacent to concessions and other common use areas. Only ticketed passengers are permitted through TSA security checkpoints.
All vehicles used by news media personnel at TUS should park in the Hourly parking lot in front of the terminal unless other arrangements have been made. At RYN parking is available in front of the airport’s Administration Building.
Guidelines for media parking and live shots
Please contact the TAA Business Development and Marketing Department before arriving at either TUS or RYN. Call (520) 573-4835 or (520) 573-8100 to make necessary arrangements.
When using video or other recording equipment, do not interfere with passengers and employees or impede operations. Do not block walkways, queues, doors, escalators, roads, etc. Any temporary cabling cannot impede passenger traffic flow.
Due to security regulations, vehicles cannot be permitted to park on the roadways immediately in front of the terminal at TUS.
Live TV trucks may park in the Hourly parking lot in front of the TUS terminal or in the parking lot in front of the TUS Executive Terminal. In the event of special circumstances, TAA Police or the TAA Operations office may direct news media to park in an alternate area. When such circumstances occur, the TAA Business Development and Marketing representative will have the necessary information.
TAA reserves the right to restrict media activity at any location on airport premises if public security, safety or operational concerns so warrant.
The Federal Aviation Administration is responsible for air traffic control at both TUS and RYN. Inquiries should be directed to FAA Regional Public Affairs Office (310) 725-3580.
Airport security measures that may be instituted by the TAA or other agencies are confidential. TAA adheres to strict requirements that prohibit the public release of most security information. The level of airport security is established by the Transportation Security Administration. Contact TSA Public Affairs (602) 501-3195.
Adverse weather conditions can affect airport operations. The airport does not close during most inclement weather conditions but flights may be delayed or canceled.
News releases may be issued to describe changes in services, airport construction, notices to travelers during severe weather, etc. The TAA Business Development and Marketing Department maintains a list of media outlets that is used to send releases by email. News releases are also posted on the appropriate airport’s website and social network outlets. To be placed on TAA’s email list or if your contact information changes, please contact:
Public Relations Administrator
When the TAA has an announcement that affects travelers or would like to draw the public’s attention to an issue of importance, a news conference may be called. Media advisories will be issued to alert you of the upcoming event and press releases and other material will be provided at the event.
All requests for interviews with TAA representatives should be made in advance to the TAA Business Development & Marketing Department. We will try to provide a spokesperson who can best address the topic of the interview. Information regarding commercial requests to film at the airport can be found here.