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Scholes International Airport is a public use airport however at this time we do not have commercial air service. The closest airport with commercial air service is William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), located in Houston, Texas, about 40 minutes from Galveston.
If you are taking a cruise out of Galveston, Hobby Airport has many shuttle services that will transport you directly to the cruise terminal.
A fixed base operator (FBO) is a commercial business that operates on the airport and provides support services to general aviation operators such as fuel services, tie-downs, window washing, rental cars, and much more. The FBO at Scholes Airport is Island Jet Center, (409) 572-2555.
Yes! These services can be reserved through the following businesses.
Galveston Helicopters, 409-750-1699
Skydive Galveston, 409-420-6231
As federal regulations on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, are still evolving, it’s critical to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Scholes International Airport advises commercial and recreational UAS operators to always check the Federal Aviation Administration UAS web page for any new updates regarding UAS policies and procedures.
The Scholes International Airport participates in the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. LAANC was set up to increase access for drone pilots who want to fly into controlled airspace near an airport.
Drone pilots planning to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace near airports must receive an airspace authorization through a LAANC Service Supplier before they fly. You no longer contact the local Air Traffic Control Tower for this authorization.
The LAANC capability is available to pilots operating under the Small UAS Rule Part 107, or under the exception for Recreational Flyers. You can find a list of approved LAANC Service Suppliers here.
Helpful LinksKnow Before You Fly
UAS Model Aircraft
FAA Drone Zone
Take I-45 south exit at 61st Street. Take a right on 61st Street until you dead end into Seawall Boulevard. Take a right at Seawall Boulevard toward 83rd Street. Take a right at 83rd Street, continuing to the 4th stop sign (0.9 of a mile) and U-turn onto Terminal Drive. The terminal building will be on your right. A free parking lot is available to the right of the terminal building. The circular drive is for 15-minute passenger loading/unloading only.
Car rentals are available from Enterprise Rent-a-Car by making reservations through the airports FBO, Island Jet Center. Reserve in advance and your rental car will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive.