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Deming Municipal Airport

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Ramp apron at the Deming Municipal Airport in 2017.

The Deming Municipal Airport was constructed during the outbreak of World War II, opening on November 15, 1942 as the Deming Army Airfield. The airfield conducted bombardier training for the USAAF Gulf Coast Training Center where more than 9000 airmen were trained between 1943 and 1945. The airfield was also assigned to the Second Air Force 16th Bombardment Training Wing where it conducted B-29 Superfortress group bombardment training. After the war, the training was wound down and the airfield was closed on January 31, 1946. It was later sold by the War Assets Administration to the city of Deming for use as a general aviation airport.

Deming briefly received commercial airline service in the early 1950’s when the original Frontier Airlines began flights between El Paso, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona that would stop at Deming as well as several other points in southern New Mexico and southern Arizona. Douglas DC-3 aircraft were used. The air service ended in 1953 when the Grant County Airport, 40 miles to the northwest, opened to serve the cities of Silver City, Hurley, and Deming, New Mexico. More recently, during the fall of 2016, Boutique Air briefly operated commercial passenger service through the Deming airport while the runway at the Grant County airport was closed for maintenance. Boutique ran flights to Albuquerque and Phoenix with Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Airfreight carriers Ameriflight and South Aero have also operated flights between Albuquerque and Deming to supplement UPS on their service through Albuquerque. These flights began operating only during the holiday season months of November and December each year however South Aero began year-round airfreight service to Deming on behalf of UPS beginning in May, 2023 by switching from their previously operated service between the Grant County Airport and Albuquerque. Cessna 404 Titan aircraft are mostly used.


Deming Army Airfield in 1948 during what appears to be an open house with a B-29 on static display. Photo courtesy of the Harry S. Truman Library Museum.


Frontier Airlines Douglas DC-3’s served Deming from 1950 through 1953.