Doing Business at the Airport
Las Cruces International Airport (LRU) is uniquely positioned to serve your business needs. LRU is an ideal location for aviation- and aerospace-related businesses, research, and manufacturing. Join key airport tenants such as New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory with their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight Test Center.
Zoning & Development
The airport property encompasses 4,975 acres which is zoned M-3c (high intensity industrial, conditional). The only zoning condition is that development comply with Federal Aviation Association (FAA) regulations for airport activity. The City is the developer of the adjacent West Mesa Industrial Park. Sites there can be combined with airport land when that suits a project. Gas, water, and electrical utilities are in place along Runway 8-26. This development-ready land could be accessed with minimal infrastructure extension.
Located on Interstate 10 and only 10 miles from downtown Las Cruces, LRU is easily accessible to a large, trained, and well-educated work force.
The City is committed to economic development in the region including new businesses at the airport. That commitment has been demonstrated by increasing investment in infrastructure projects and operating the on-site fire station. The State of New Mexico offers an aircraft manufacturing tax deduction as well as several aerospace and aviation advantages. Contact the City’s Business Development section to discuss your business proposal or to find out about State and local business incentives.
The standard annual land lease rate at LRU is $0.10 per square foot for up to a 30-year lease. All municipal land leases are subject to City Manager approval. Other rates and charges are listed here.