Tucson International Airport

7250 South Tucson Boulevard | (520) 573-8100

About the Airport

Aviation has a rich history in Tucson. Our first encounter with flight occurred in 1910, when Charles Hamilton, the "birdman," landed his Curtis bi-plane on the banks of the Santa Cruz river downtown.

Tucson had the first municipal airport in the country in 1919. The airport moved several times and for a number of years shared facilities at the Davis Monthan U.S. Air Force base. However, in 1947, after World War II, the military asked the city of Tucson to make other arrangements for an airport since they felt civilian and military operations were not compatible.

The city of Tucson was not interested in managing an airport so they approached the local chamber of commerce. They had an aviation committee and their 15 members raised $25,000 that became the budget for the airport.

In 1948 the Tucson airport authority was created by state charter as a nonprofit, quasi-governmental corporation. The authority and the city of Tucson executed a 25-year lease for the airport. That lease was eventually extended for 100 years.

A study conducted by the University of Arizona reported that TIA provides an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion to the region and supports nearly 35,000 jobs directly and indirectly throughout the community.

TIA, whose official airport code is TUS, serves an average of 3.6 million passengers annually. For the traveling public, our customers are here for three main reasons: they are traveling themselves, accompanying someone who will be traveling, or picking someone up who was traveling.

There are both traditional and low-cost airlines providing service to national destinations with connections throughout the United States and the world. TIA operates with three runways; our largest is over 11,000 ft. or almost two miles long. We have a secondary 8,000-ft. runway and a cross-runway.

As an international airport, TIA is a port of entry that offers 24-hour customs and immigration services. Because of its proximity to Interstate 10, as well as I-19, which is the gateway to Mexico, TIA is accessible by air and land and plays an important role in cargo operations.

Airlines and Flights

Six airlines currently serve TIA providing nonstop service to 15 destinations with connections worldwide. TIA airlines offer over 55 daily departing flights with approximately 6,200 seats available.

This comprehensive report shows all the destinations you can reach with a nonstop flight or by making one connection.

Airline Code Reservations Nonstop Destinations
Alaska Airlines AS 1-800-426-0333 Portland, Seattle/Tacoma


AA 1-800-433-7300 Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles
Delta DL 1-800-221-1212 Atlanta, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City
Southwest WN 1-800-435-9792 Chicago Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego
United UA 1-800-864-8331 Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco
US Airways US 1-800-428-4322 Phoenix

Ground Transportation

The Tucson International Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the center of town. Transportation options include rental cars, shared ride vans, taxis, hotel shuttles and the city bus.

Rental Cars

Nine rental car agencies are located at Tucson International Airport. Rental car counters and parking garage are located immediately adjacent to the main terminal. more

Shuttles and Limos

All departing luxury cars, shuttles, vans, buses, and taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal more

SunTran Bus

Sun Tran, an award-winning regional public transportation system, services more than 21 million passenger trips each year. more


Taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal. Taxi service from TIA is provided by three companies. more



605 Spaces. Rate: $3 / hour, $9 / day.


447 Spaces. Rate: $1 per 1 / 2 hour, $12 / day.


918 Spaces. Rate: $1 per 1 / 2 hour for 1st hour then $1.50 / hour, $9 / day.


Tucson Blvd. and Corona. 5,342 Spaces. Rate: $4 / day.
Economy Covered. 303 Spaces. Rate: $5 / day.

Now available EasyPay automated pay stations located outside the TIA terminal baggage claim, and near the elevators inside the parking garage. The machines will accept credit and debit cards and are designed to facilitate faster exits from the TIA parking lots.

All lots accept American Express, MasterCard and Visa and are lighted, and patrolled by the TIA Police Department. Shuttles, equipped with wheelchair lifts, operate continuously, 24 hours a day, from the TIA Economy lots.

Cell Phone Waiting

FREE for people waiting to pick up arriving passengers. On Airport Drive, just west of the TIA entrance.

Rental Cars

Eight rental car agencies are located at TIA.

Pick Up

Rental car counters and three-level rental car parking garage are located immediately adjacent to the main terminal.


Take Tucson Blvd. south to the terminal entrance and follow the upper level roadway past the terminal following signs to rental car facility.

Alternate Return Route

Take Country Club Rd. south of Valencia Rd. and follow road signs to airport complex.

Off Airport Rental Cars

Thrifty will provide pick up service at TIA. Passengers can call them from a service phone located in the rental car facility breezeway.


Reservations: (800) 327-9633
Local: (520) 573-4740


Reservations: (800) 331-1212
Local: (520) 294-1494

Car Rentals from Budget

Reservations: (800) 527-0700
Local: (520) 573-8475

Dollar Car Rental

Reservations: (800) 800-4000
Local: (520) 573-4736


Reservations: (800) 736-8222
Local: (520) 573-5250


Reservations: (800) 654-3131
Local: (520) 573-5201


Reservations: (800) 227-7368
Local: (520) 573-8050

Thrifty Car Rental

Reservations: (800) 847-4389
Local: (520) 807-2467

Shuttles & Limos

All departing luxury cars, shuttles, vans, buses, and taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal.

Customer Shuttles

Many hotels provide complimentary transportation to/from the airport for their guests. Please call hotel to request a shuttle after you've claimed your luggage , we have phones located at the Information Desk in baggage claim.

Shared-Ride Van Service

Arizona Stage Coach Door to Door Shuttle

Phone: (520) 889-1000

Shared-ride van service for each arriving flight. Service to all area hotels, resorts, the University of Arizona, and business or residence locations. Located in TIA baggage claim.

Military Shuttle to Sierra Vista

Phone: (888) 459-3398
(520) 459-7778

Transportation Express LLC is the designated Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted shuttle to Sierra Vista.

SunTran Bus

Sun Tran route #6 and #11 bus picks up lower level, west of main terminal, in front of Customs/Border Patrol office.

Please call 792-9222 for route assistance to connections throughout Tucson.


Taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal.

Taxi service from TIA is provided by four companies under contract with Tucson Airport Authority. Rates are $4.50 flag drop, $2.25 each mile, and $22.00 per hour waiting time. There is no extra charge for baggage or more than one person going to the same location.

About Ground Transportation Regulations and Rates

The State of Arizona does not regulate ground transportation at the airport. Ground transportation operators are, however, required to meet certain standards of operation and service pursuant to Tucson Airport Authority Commercial Ground Transportation Rules and Regulations. Although rates are not controlled by TAA, taxicab fares are established through a proposal process and operators are obligated to honor the rates published. All other rates posted here are furnished by the company providing the service and are subject to change.

AAA Airport Cabs LLC

Phone: (520) 299-8294

Discount Cabs

Phone: (520) 388-9000

Flash Cab

Phone: (520) 798-1111

Yellow Cab

Phone: (520) 624-6611

Pick-up and Drop-off


Due to Federal Security requirements, vehicle operators are not permitted to wait at the terminal's curb for arriving passengers. The curb area is designated for only active loading and unloading. Customers are permitted to pick-up and drop-off passengers with their luggage at the curbside, however, drivers must not leave vehicles unattended.

Curbside Check-in

Curbside check-in is offered by some of the airlines providing service at TIA. Once a passenger is dropped off, drivers must leave the terminal's curbside. No waiting, standing, or parking is permitted for vehicles at the terminal's front curb. Skycaps are available to provide assistance to passengers needing wheelchair or luggage assistance.

Public Parking

Tucson Airport Authority offers the convenience of a parking garage and surface lots.

Terminal Baggage Claim Area

The Terminal Baggage Claim area is designated as the immediate curbside pick-up area. Passengers arriving who are to be picked up in a private car should collect their luggage at baggage claim. Private cars are allowed to drive through and pickup passengers for active loading only.





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