West Houston Airport

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West Houston Airport
Airport typePublic use
OwnerWest Houston Airport Corp.
ServesGreater Katy
Elevation AMSL111 ft / 34 m
Coordinates29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250Coordinates: 29°49′06″N 095°40′21″W / 29.81833°N 95.67250°W / 29.81833; -95.67250
IWS is located in Texas
Location of airport in Texas / United States
IWS is located in the United States
IWS (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 3,953 1,205 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations103,000

West Houston Airport (IATA: IWS, ICAO: KIWS, FAA LID: IWS) is a privately owned, public use airport in Harris County, Texas, United States.[1] It is located 13 nautical miles (15 mi; 24 km) west of Downtown Houston,[1] in an unincorporated area of the county, immediately west of the Houston city limits in the Greater Katy area. It was established in 1962 and was formerly called Lakeside Airport up until the early 1980s,[2] which was in reference to its location near the edge of Addicks reservoir.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation reliever airport.[3] Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Houston is the airport's designated ARTCC.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

West Houston Airport covers an area of 200 acres (81 ha) at an elevation of 111 feet (34 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,953 by 75 feet (1,205 x 23 m).[1][5]

For the 12-month period ending June 5, 2011, the airport had 103,000 aircraft operations, an average of 282 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% air taxi.[1]

The airport is home to more than 375 aircraft. As a privately owned airport, the airport does not receive federal funding for improvements. There is no landing fee for fixed-wing aircraft, however a $10 USD Handling/Security/Facility fee will be invoiced to the aircraft's owner if incoming passengers do not make a purchase of some sort to support the airport.[6] The terminal building is a two-story facility containing conference rooms and normal airport facilities.

West Houston Airport was named as one of America's "Most Needed Airports" list by NATA (National Air Transportation Association) [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for IWS (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "West Houston Airport History". Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Airport Information". West Houston Airport.
  5. ^ West Houston Airport, 4000' x 75' Paved w/Parallel Taxiways
  6. ^ "Copy of Fee Invoice Cover Letter".
  7. ^ http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/archives/national-aviation-group-puts-west-houston-airport-on-most-needed/article_5dde3674-9630-5b9d-bda5-79184681236e.html?mode=jqm

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