Midland International Airport
Midland International Airport is a publicly owned airport located about 20 miles southwest of downtown Midland, Texas near Interstate 20. It is a vital regional transportation hub that offers connections to several transportation hubs including Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Antonio. Its International Air Transport Association location identifier code is MAF.
The airport’s primary services include customs services, airplane storage services, air travel services, and freight handling services. Other services include logistics and training support for the United States Air Force’s 912th Air Refueling Squadron.
History of Midland Airport
Midland International Airport’s history can be traced back to 1927 when a local grocer named Samuel Sloan constructed an airfield for airplanes that delivered mail. The airfield originally featured a small airplane hangar, two runways, and a small passenger terminal. The airfield was sold to the Midland City Council in 1929 after Samuel Sloan died. Passengers can view a memorial dedicated to Samuel Sloan by looking to the right of the airport’s main entrance.
The airport was used during World War II as a training center for United States Army Air Forces personnel who were training to become bombardiers. The training center was known for its “L”-shaped layout that is still used today to organize the airport’s infrastructure.
The Midland City Council completed a remodeling project in the early 1960s that focused on improving the airport’s efficiency. The remodeling project’s main highlights included the construction of two additional runways and upgrades to the airport’s lighting system.
A gate area was added near the airport’s apron during the 1970s to accommodate increases in passenger traffic. It is still used as a secondary boarding area for international flights and commuter flights.
The airport’s current passenger terminal was constructed during the 1990s. It features two levels that are connected by several escalators, elevators, and walkways. It was remodeled in 2002 to comply with security regulations set forth by the Department of Homeland Security.
Airport Services & Amenities
Midland International Airport is now a medium-sized airport that is well-known for its high-quality customer service and roomy interior. It is also known for its inviting passenger lounge that can help you take the stress out of traveling.
The airport’s passenger lounge is located east of the arrivals hall. It is open each day from 6 a.m. to midnight. It features a cozy atmosphere that is enhanced by several high-definition televisions and Wi-Fi Internet service. It also features several relaxing sofas that feature luxurious cushions and comfortable backs.
Midland International Airport is home to several attractions that offer travelers many interesting things to do before their flights depart. For example, the American Air Power Heritage Museum features over 100 exhibits that teach visitors about the airplanes that were used during World War II. It is open each day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Some of the museum’s most popular exhibits feature interactive videos and movies that describe how military airplanes were produced during World War II. Other popular exhibits teach visitors about the weapons that were used on aircraft during the Battle of Britain. Be sure to take one of the guided tours that are offered by the American Legion to make the most out of your visit to this interesting museum.
Another interesting attraction is the airport’s collection of postcards that showcase Midland’s attractions and landmarks. The collection is displayed about 200 feet past the airport’s main entrance near the rental car center. Some of the most popular postcards feature photos of downtown area that were taken during the 1920s and 1930s. Be sure to ask the airport’s welcome center for a brochure that explains how the postcards were produced by local printers.