Victoria Regional Airport serves the skies throughout southeast Texas and has been getting busier in recent years. It now has four runways and one helipad, and Continental Airlines offers connection flights to and from Victoria Regional four times from Sunday to Friday as well as twice on Saturday.
The airport is centrally located between the cities of Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, and offers free parking and on-site rental car service from Avis and Enterprise. It also has a small terminal that caters to private pilots, with amenities such as a conference room, flight planning room, lounge, pilot supplies and even a snooze room.
Also on the airport grounds is Sky Restaurant, which offers steaks, chicken and pasta dishes. However, the restaurant has become almost legendary for its seafood offerings of jumbo gulf shrimp, fresh oysters, sea scallops, king crab legs, stone crab claws, crawfish, red snapper, tilapia, catfish, flounder and yellowfin tuna.
The airport began its history in 1941 as Victoria Field and then in 1942 became Foster Air Force Base, an advanced flying school for World War II fighter pilots. The base ultimately closed and in 1976 the property was renamed Victoria Regional Airport.
More recently, the long-standing airfield made recent news on the ground. In 2009, the city voted to improve the concrete apron outside 16 hangar units.
“We did improvements to the pavement, the ramp area and taxiways in 2009, and this was an extension of that,” says Faye Turner, interim airport manager. Up until the repaving, private airplane owners had to endure a very bumpy ride between the runway and the airport’s storage hangars.
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