Regional Aviation Performance Measures

Performance measures are utilized by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to monitor the performance of the region’s transportation system. Reports like the annual Progress North Texas offer insight into how North Central Texas’ transportation system is operating to provide regional connectivity and seamless connections. 

Airport Inventory

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified 30 National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) in the North Central Texas region. The region has two commercial service, 11 reliever, and 17 general aviation airports, all owned by their respective cities. 

These airports are significant to national air transportation and are thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

The Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Capital Improvement Program includes 24 grants totaling $30.1 million for Fiscal Years 2023-2025. 

Aviation Employment

The airports throughout the State of Texas support 778,955 jobs with an associated payroll of $30.1 billion, while North Texas Aviation and Aerospace industry provide more than 91,000 jobs. 

Regional Based Aircraft

  • 2,670 Single Engine
  • 514 Multi Engine
  • 566 Jet
  • 129 Helicopter


Airports with Instrument Approaches

46% of the airports in the region have an instrument approach, which aids pilots in landing during times of low visibility.

There are two main Instrument Approach Classifications.

  • Precision approaches utilize both lateral (localizer) and vertical (glide slope) information.
  • Non-precision approaches provide lateral course information only.


For aircraft that operate under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), an instrument approach is a series of predetermined maneuvers for the orderly transfer of an aircraft under instrument flight conditions from the beginning of the initial approach to a landing.

Aviation Resource Links

Aviation Weather
Federal Aviation Administration
Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division

Staff Contacts:  Ernest Huffman, Natalie Bettger