Business View Magazine | February 2020

95 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2020 T he Mesquite Metro Airport is flying into the new decade with a new brand and improvements to its operations. Three miles east of the City of Mesquite, the Airport acts as an economic engine for the City of Mesquite and nearby communities, responsible for $22.7 million in total economic output, 281 jobs, and $8.6 million in payroll. The Airport also provides several community-based services and programs, including police and fire support, medical flights, pipeline and wildfire patrols, and Civil Air Patrol search and rescue. Last October, the Airport was the site for more than 135 children with special needs and their families for a free day at the Airport to experience flight. Organized by the nonprofit, Challenge Air, the Fly Day event provided the opportunity for the participants to co-pilot an aircraft and showed how the Airport plays an integral part in spreading community pride. Initially built in 1975, the Airport was privately-owned and known as the Phil L. Hudson Municipal Airport; it had a 4,000 by 50-foot runway. In 1983, the City of THE MESQUITE Metro Airport AT A GLANCE THE MESQUITE METRO AIRPORT WHAT: A public use airport WHERE: Dallas County, Texas WEBSITE: Not just a small country airport