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The Albuquerque International Sunport handled 6,467,263 passengers in 2008. The passenger count at the Sunport has seen an average per year increase of over 2% over the last 15 years.

ABQ's freight center moved over 67,000 tons of cargo in 2008.

There were 180,439 takeoffs and landings, or an average of 494 per day, in 2008 at ABQ: 75,766 by major airlines; 42,106 by commuter airlines, 21,796 by military aircraft; and 40,771 by general aviation aircraft.

Approximately 3,400 people are employed at ABQ.

Commercial Carriers

ABQ is served by eight major commercial carriers: American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways. It also receives regular in-state service from commuters, Great Lakes Airlines and New Mexico Airlines. Freight service is provided by Federal Express and UPS.

Southwest Airlines is ABQ's largest carrier; it handled 59.8% of ABQ's 2008 passengers.

ABQ offers nonstop service to 30 cities, including: Amarillo, Atlanta, Baltimore (BWI), Chicago (Midway/O'Hare), Dallas (DFW/Love Field), Denver, El Paso, Houston (Bush/Hobby), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, St. Louis, Tampa Bay (seasonal), Tucson, Washington (Dulles). Nonstop in-state service is offered to Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clovis, Ruidoso and Silver City.

Physical Characteristics

ABQ's terminal, which was expanded to its present size in the late 1980s and again in 1996, encompasses 574,000 sq. ft. of space and has 23 gates in two concourses.

There is parking for approximately 3,700 vehicles in ABQ's four-level parking structure and adjacent surface lot.

ABQ has four runways:
08/26 - an east-west air carrier runway, 13,793 ft. by 150 ft.
17/35 - a north-south air carrier runway, 10,000 ft. by 150 ft.
03/21 - a northeast-southwest air carrier runway, 10,000 ft. by 150 ft.
12/30 - a northwest-southeast general aviation runway, 6,000 ft. by 150 ft.

ABQ's elevation is 5,352 feet. Its latitude and longitude are 35 degrees, 02 minutes North and 106 degrees, 37 minutes West.

Economic Impact

ABQ's Master Plan Update, approved in 2004, determined that civilian activities at the airport produced an economic impact of $2.13 billion in 2001 and supported 38,579 jobs in the Albuquerque area. It predicts that impact will grow to $2.15 billion and 47,077 jobs by the year 2010.

ABQ shares its runways with Kirtland Air Force Base, which provides aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services for the airport.

Federal Aviation Administration facilities at ABQ include the Airports District Office, Air Traffic Control Tower, Automated Flight Service Station, Civil Aviation Security Office, Flight Standards District Office and Rio Grande SMO (Airways Facilities).

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) occupies office space at the historic Old Terminal Building.

The National Weather Service and U.S. Postal Service Express Mail Facility are also located on the airport. Adjacent to the airport is the Southwest Airlines Reservations Center.

There are two fixed base operators at ABQ: Cutter Flying Service and Atlantic Aviation. Other companies that provide services to business and private fliers include Aircraft Service International, Four Seasons Aviation, Robertson Aircraft and RBR, Inc.

Corporate jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation, now based at the Sunport, will eventually expand it's operations to Double Eagle II airport.

Passenger Services

Ground transportation from the airport and around Albuquerque and New Mexico is provided by numerous cab companies, door to door shuttles, buses, limousines, tour shuttles/buses, rental car companies, out of town shuttles and hotel/motel courtesy vehicles.

Car rental agencies at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. All are located at the Sunport's Car Rental Center, approximately 1/2 mile from the passenger terminal building.

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) for various banks are located throughout the terminal building in front of and beyond the security checkpoint.

Free wireless internet access available throughout the terminal.

Facilities for persons with disabilities include elevators in the parking structure and each of the terminal's three levels, wheelchairs, Braille signage, wheelchair-accessible restrooms and drinking fountains, and telecommunications devices for the hearing impaired (TDD).

Airport and tourist information may be obtained from the Information Booth at the baggage claim level. The booth is staffed by Albuquerque Convention and Visitors' Bureau volunteers.

The Albuquerque International Sunport Art Collection is displayed throughout the terminal. The collection includes Native American, Hispanic and Contemporary works by New Mexico artists.

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