Transportation

The transportation infrastructure that converges in Lubbock establishes it as a “Hub City.” Lubbock is home to the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, which provides major carrier service across the country and around the world. More than 60 commercial arrivals and departures take place each day serving 1.2 million travelers annually. Major interstates and highways, including Interstate 27, connect the city to two major east-west Interstate systems: Interstate 20 and Interstate 40. Lubbock is located on the main line of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway that connects the city to major metropolitan areas of the Central and Western United States.

Air

The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) is the regional airport that serves the South Plains area. Boasting such advantages as ease of enplaning and deplaning, the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport also has the ability to get commuters to Dallas or Houston within an hour.  Currently the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is served by Southwest, American Eagle and United Airlines and offers direct flights to the following cities:

  • Dallas
  • Albuquerque
  • Austin
  • Las Vegas
  • Houston
  • Denver
  • Phoenix

The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is a U.S. Customs International Port of Entry with a resident U.S. Customs Port Director, allowing it to function internationally and thereby be a major asset to anyone wishing to have a global presence. Oversize and heavy lift air cargo operations can also be carried out by this facility.

  • Airport

    The Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) is the regional airport that serves the South Plains area. LBB also has the ability to get commuters to Dallas, Austin or Houston within an hour and a half. Currently LBB is served by Southwest, American Eagle and United Airlines.

    The Federal Aviation Administration has designated LBB as a small-hub airport. The Air Traffic Control Tower operates 24 hours, seven days a week to accommodate air traffic on three runways (17R-35L, 17L-35R and 8-26).

    North to south : 150 × 11,500 feet
    East to west: 150 × 8,001 feet

    Please refer to the following link for the exact specifications of LBB:

    Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Master Plan

    The LBB is a U.S. Customs International Port of Entry with a resident U.S. Customs Port Director, allowing it to function internationally and thereby be a major asset to anyone wishing to have a global presence. Oversize and heavy lift air cargo operations can also be carried out by this facility. For information on available hangar space, click here.

  • Fixed Base Operators

    Lubbock is home to two fixed base operators that work within the LBB property.

    Chaparral Aviation
    806.762.6670

    Chaparral Aviation is Lubbock’s longest-running and largest air charter company featuring prestigious corporate, passenger charter and freight service. The aircraft fleet includes Lear Jet, Falcon 200 and two types of King Airs. Chaparral Avaiation is on call 24 hours Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Sunday. It is also Lubbock’s longest-running and largest air ambulance company.

    Parts inventory for Lear Jet and King Air aircraft. Hangar space is available for large (Gulfstream, etc.) and small aircraft. De-icing.

    Fuel: 100LL, Jet A, Jet A with additive

    Lubbock Aero
    806.747.5101

    Lubbock Aero has aircrafts of all types bought and sold. Charter equipment currently available: Beechcraft Baron, Beechcraft King Air 200. A FAA approved repair station for all types of aircraft. Lubbock Aero is on call 24 hours with large parts inventory, including free estimates. Hangar space available capable of handling large or small corporate aircraft.

    Fuel: 100LL, Jet A, Jet A with additive

Rail

With service provided by multiple shortline railroads and BNSF Railway, Lubbock is connected to markets throughout the United States and Canada.

In October 2013, BNSF announced plans to develop a $28 million logistics center in Sweetwater at a curcial intersection with Union Pacific’s Fort Worth-to-El Paso route. The new facility is intended to serve supply chain logistics for the West Texas energy sector, and it signals the railroad’s confidence that freight traffic along this stretch of BNSF track is positioned for future growth.

  • Lubbock Rail Port

    The Lubbock Rail Port, a 526-acre tract of land located just north of the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, provides convenient access to Interstate 27, the airport and BNSF Railway. Mexico-based Molinos Anahuac (MACSA) currently has their flour mill and laboratory in the Lubbock Rail Port.

    The Lubbock Rail Port is buzzing with activity thanks to the acquisition of an additional 200 acres and a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to extend additional rail into the Park. LEDA strives to attract food processors, light manufacturing and heavy industrial companies to the Lubbock Rail Port.

  • Lubbock Short Lines

    Plainsman Switching Company

    • Located in downtown Lubbock where it interchanges with the BNSF Railroad & the Union Pacific Railroad
    • Currently building a trainload facility to serve customers that do not have rail access onsite

    West Texas & Lubbock Railway

    • Operate 107 miles of railroad on two lines extending from Lubbock to Seagraves & Whiteface, Texas
    • Connections to the BNSF Railroad & the Union Pacific Railroad in Lubbock

Road

Lubbock is located between two major east-west interstates. I-27 connects with I-40 120 miles to the North and US-87 and US-84 connect to I-20 120 miles to the south. Whether one is traveling inside the city or venturing beyond, the Lubbock area’s transportation infrastructure is quick and accessible. Major locations in the city can be accessed easily with Loop 289 or the Marsha Sharp Freeway, which connects the main thoroughfares in all directions.

The Lubbock District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans, designs, builds, operates and maintains the state transportation system in the following counties: Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Parmer, Swisher, Terry and Yoakum. Its extensive system of roads makes it easy to navigate within the South Plains area.

  • Truck Freight

    There are 26 truck freight carriers located in Lubbock . These include both inter- and intra-state services. Lubbock has developed into a regional warehousing and distribution center due to its excellent location and interstate highway connections.

  • Bus Service

    Lubbock is served by Citibus, a public transportation service that has fixed routes to all major retail, medical, educational and employment areas within the city. For long distance travel, Greyhound services a location in Lubbock.