About the Airport

Decatur Municipal Airport, founded in 1915, was the first airport in the state of Texas.  It is owned and operated by the City of Decatur, and is a public-use general aviation airport in Wise County, Texas.  The airport, which now occupies more than 205 acres of land, is situated approximately 1 mile north of Decatur.  The airport operates on asphalt runway, Runway 17 / 35, measuring 4,200 feet in length and 60 feet in width.

The direct output attributable to the airport is estimated to be over $4.9 million.  Additionally 2,200 general aviation visitors arrive at the airport each year, supporting nine visitor-related jobs and $184,000 in payroll.  General aviation visitors are also responsible for $292,000 in direct economic output.

When combined, the general aviation tenants and visitors at the airport are responsible for over $9.9 million in total economic output, 100 jobs, and more than $3.5 million in payroll.

Facility Upgrades
Decatur Municipal Airport is the oldest non-contiguous airport in Texas.  Some of the recently completed upgrades at the airport include a new terminal building, runway extensions and rehabilitation, and the installation of an automated weather observing system (AWOS).

Aviation-related activities that take place at Decatur Municipal Airport on a regular basis include:
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Corporate use
  • Flight training and education
  • Recreational flying
The airport also provides several community-based services and program to enhance the health, safety, welfare, and quality of life of the area citizens.  Additionally, the airport serves as a gateway for visitors who use the facility to access local business and golfing opportunities.
Business Tenants
 Municipal Airport  1.0
 Alamo Aerospace 2.5 
 United Rotocraft Solutions LLC  24.0
 Wise Aviation Services  5.0

Economic Impact

First Round Impact - $5.2 million

Total Airport Impact (First and Second Round Impacts):
  • Total Employment - 100
  • Total Payroll - $3.5 million
  • Total Economic Activity - $9.9 million
Note: Total Airport Impacts include all employment, payroll and economic activity related to on-airport, visitor related, and multiplier impacts.