The site that the Gladewater Municipal Airport currently occupies was used as an airfield with a grass landing strip prior to 1947. In 1947, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the Texas Department of Aviation, and the City of Gladewater provided funds for the purchase of 124.27 acres from A.F. and Bethel Shepperd for the development of an airport to be owned and operated by the City of Gladewater.
Gladewater Municipal Airport is owned by the City of Gladewater and is a public-use general aviation airport located in Gregg County, Texas. The airport operates two asphalt runways: Runway 14/32, which measures 3,299 feet in length and 75 feet in width; and Runway 17/35, measuring 2,298 feet in length and 50 feet in width.
The aviation-related tenants at Gladewater Municipal Airport support 11 jobs, withan estimated direct payroll of $345,000. The direct output attributable to the airport is estimated at approximately $1.5 million. Additionally, the 2,900 general aviation visitors that arrive at the airport each year support 11 visitor-related jobs and $225,000 in payroll. General aviation visitors are also responsible for nearly $363,000 in direct economic output.
When combined, the general aviation tenants and visitors at the airport are responsible for more than $3.2 million in total economic output, 34 full-time jobs, and $925,000 in payroll.
The primary aviation-related activities that take place at Gladewater Municipal Airport on a regular basis are recreational flying and flight training/education.
Additionally, the airport provides several community-based services and programs to enhance the health, safety, welfare, and quality of life of area citizens. Such services at Gladewater Municipal Airport include Civil Air Patrol search-and-rescue operations and aviation information/education programs. Gladewater Municipal Airport also serves as a gateway for visitors who use the facility to access local recreational opportunities.
The Gladewater Municipal Airport consists of a terminal building, 2 runways, 6 enclosed city-owned hangars, 10 T-hangars and 49 privately owned hangars.
To rent a city-owned hangar or to rent ground space to build a private hangar, contact Judy Van Houten at City Hall. (903) 845-2196. Fees for hangars are as follows:
Ground Space $.12/sq ft. paid yearly
For statistical information, map and satellite photo; please visit http://www.airnav.com/airport/07F.
For information on skydiving opportunities in Gladewater please visit http://www.skydiveeasttexas.com.
For information on the economic impact of Gladewater Municipal Airport from TXDoT please download ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/avn/ga/Gladewater.pdf