Business View Magazine | November 2019

159 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 T exarkana Regional Airport, also known as Webb Field, is a commercial and general aviation airport located three miles northeast of the Texas border and the central business district of Texarkana, a city in Miller County, Arkansas. Owned by the Texarkana Airport Authority, under the auspices of the cities of Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas, the Airport was originally built as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) project in the 1930s. “It started out as an airport for the Texarkana community and gradually morphed into a commercial service airport,” says Airport Director, Mark Mellinger. “Around the 1950s, they built a more modern passenger terminal. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, during the war in Vietnam, this Airport was used to move supplies and ammunition from the Red River Army Depot, which is nearby, overseas to Vietnam. Throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s, we started building up our airline service. At one point, we had three airlines servicing four or five destinations. And then, 9/11 hit and reduced the opportunities we had for airlines; a couple of them pulled out and now, we just have American Eagle Airlines. We have four flights a day to Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport and about 35,000 enplanements every year.” Texarkana R E G I O N A L A I R P O R T THE MAIN THING IS POTENTIAL