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El Paso International Airport (ELP)

El Paso International Airport (ELP) is a medium sized, multi-use airport located north and east of the city of El Paso, Texas. Pilots inbound for ELP should note that the airport is located only 3.5 miles north of the US/Mexico border. Biggs Army Airfield (BIF) is less than two miles north of ELP. This warrants additional awareness because RWY 4/22 at BIF can be mistaken for RWY 4/22 at ELP. View a printable Pilot Handbook of the ELP information found on this Web page.


Know Before You Go

The traffic mix at ELP consists of scheduled air carriers (domestic/international), business, general, transient, and military aircraft. Flight schools from nearby airports frequent ELP for practice at a towered airport. This diverse mix of traffic and operations traffic mix makes ELP challenging.

The airport consists of two parallel RWYs with staggered thresholds designated RWY 8L/26R and RWY 8R/26L. Additionally, there is a larger, non-intersecting RWY 4/22. A complex TWY system provides access to all terminals, ramps, and services located primarily on the south side of the airport. 

Image shows ELP airport configuration consisting of two parallel RWYs with staggered thresholds designated RWY 8L/26R and RWY 8R/26L. Additionally, there is a larger, non-intersecting RWY 4/22.

The airspace at ELP is Class C.

El Paso Class C Airspace borders the Contiguous U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) This is an area of airspace over land or water, in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft (except Department of Defense and law enforcement aircraft) is required in the interest of national security.

ELP Airspace

ELP Tower Hours of Operation - Continuous
Administrative Office Open 0730L to 1600L – M through F
Business Phone 915-774-9410

Below find various ELP-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2024