East Texas Regional Airport

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East Texas Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerGregg County
ServesLongview, Texas
Elevation AMSL365 ft / 111 m
Coordinates32°23′02″N 094°42′41″W / 32.38389°N 94.71139°W / 32.38389; -94.71139Coordinates: 32°23′02″N 094°42′41″W / 32.38389°N 94.71139°W / 32.38389; -94.71139
GGG is located in Texas
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
18/36 6,109 1,862 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations74,950
Based aircraft99

East Texas Regional Airport (IATA: GGG, ICAO: KGGG, FAA LID: GGG) is nine miles south of Longview, in Gregg County, Texas.[1] Its IATA identifier "GGG" comes from its prior name, Gregg County Airport. The airport is used for general aviation and military training; it has scheduled flights to Dallas/Fort Worth on American Airlines/American Eagle.

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 24,835 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 24,944 in 2009 and 21,830 in 2010.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

East Texas Regional is home to LeTourneau University's School of Aeronautical Science. LeTourneau constitutes a very large portion of the airport's traffic and has a fleet of airplanes ranging from Cessna 172s to Citabrias and Diamond DA-42 Twinstars. Most LeTourneau aircraft have tail numbers ending in "LU". All use the call sign "Jacket" (three letter- JKA).[5]

Each summer the airport hosts the Great Texas Balloon Race, a volunteer-run weekend event held annually since 1980.[6]


The airport was named Gregg County Airport until 2002 when it became East Texas Regional Airport. In 2007 the airport was awarded a $6.5 million Airport Improvement Program grant to accomplish major updates to the facility.[7] Included among the projects were the resurfacing of Runway 13/31, as well as the relocation of the ILS glideslope & MALSR due to the creation of an 800' displaced threshold on Runway 13 to comply with FAA runway safety area standards. Former taxiway H (at the intersection of 18/36 and 13/31) was demolished after being identified as a potential "hot spot" for runway incursions.[8] The improvements were completed in 2009.

Runway 13/31 was a stand-by recovery point for the Space Shuttle Program.[citation needed]


East Texas Regional Airport covers 1,300 acres (526 ha) at an elevation of 365 feet (111 m). It has two asphalt runways: 13/31 is 10,000 by 150 feet (3,048 x 46 m) and 18/36 is 6,109 by 150 feet (1,862 x 46 m).[1]

In the year ending June 30, 2011 the airport had 74,950 aircraft operations, average 205 per day: 91% general aviation, 6% military, 2% air taxi, and 1% airline. 99 aircraft were then based at this airport: 58% single-engine, 23% multi-engine, 18% jet, and 1% helicopter.[1]

Two fixed-base operators (FBOs) are on the field: Stebbins Aviation and KRS Jet Center.[9]

Airline and destination[edit]

American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GGG (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ FAA Aircraft Registry, 2010
  6. ^ Great Texas Balloon Race Story, 2010
  7. ^ FAA - Office of Airports (February 5, 2008), "AIP Grants Awarded by FY" (PDF), Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant Histories, retrieved November 10, 2010
  8. ^ FAA, Focus on Hot Spots (PDF), retrieved November 10, 2010
  9. ^ "Airport Facilities". East Texas Regional Airport. Retrieved July 7, 2012.

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