About Ellington Field

A joint use civil/military airport, Ellington Field was acquired by the City of Houston in 1984 and now supports the operations of the United States military, NASA, and a variety of general aviation tenants. The airport is home to the annual Wings Over Houston Airshow and is also the place where many of the astronauts from the world-renowned Johnson Space Center receive their ongoing space training.

Ellington Field is operated and maintained by the Houston Airport System, the fourth largest multi-airport system in the nation and the sixth largest in the world, which functions as an enterprise fund of the City of Houston and does not burden the local tax base for -  
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- airport operations, maintenance, or capital improvements. Instead, the Houston Airport System serves the fourth largest city in the nation as an international gateway to the rest of the world and as a major source of economic vitality.

Approximately 15 miles south of downtown Houston, Ellington Field is located off of I-45/Gulf Freeway, the major highway heading from the City to NASA and Galveston Island.

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Houston’s third airport is coming out of the shadows with a new taxilane, fixed-base operator (FBO) and more.

Commissioned as a military aviation training facility in the 1917, Ellington Field (EFD) is blossoming into an economic gem for Houston.

Today, EFD consists of three acting runways and provides 24-hour air traffic control services. It is also home to many tenants including the Texas Army National Guard, Delta Connection Academy and NASA, among others and the Houston Airport System is determined to add more.

Ellington’s future is looking bright. To add to its development, a new taxilane has been approved, with construction beginning in October 2006. Taxilane K will be 50 feet wide and 1790 feet long, big enough to impact the airport’s desirability for more general aviation tenants and aircraft owners.

This opens airfield access to a large amount of property previously unusable to aircraft operations. The taxilane is designed to handle Design Group II aircraft, which includes medium sized business jets.


Runway Dimensions

Ellington Field Runways
Runway Number Length(ft) Category
17R/35L 9,001 feet by 150 feet ILS Cat I
4/22 8,001 feet by 150 feet ILS Cat I
17L/35R 4,609 feet by 75 feet General Aviation

Navigational aids and other FAA-operated facilities which include:

  • » 24hr air traffic control tower
  • » TACAN
  • » DME
  • » ILS


General Information 

  • » FAR 139 Classs IV Airport 
  • » ARFF Index A  
  • » 24 hour Air Traffic Control 

  • » Ground Frequency      121.60     
  • » Tower Frequency        126.05 
  • » ATIS                          135.575  
  • » ATIS Phone Number    281-464-4190, -4191 or -4192   

Geographical Location 

Latitude                29° 36'26'' (29.607333)         Airport Reference Point Latitude      29° 36' 26.4"

Longitude              95° 10'      (-95.158750)       Airport Reference Point Longitude    95° 09' 31.5"            

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