Doing Business at the Airport

Las Cruces International Airport (LRU) is an ideal location for aviation related businesses, research, and manufacturing!

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 and sites there can be combined with airport land when that suits a project. Gas, water, and electrical utilities are in place along the 8-26 runway. This development ready land could be accessed with minimal infrastructure extension.

Work Force

Located less than one mile from Interstate 10, and only nine miles from downtown Las Cruces, LRU is easily accessible to a large, trained, and well educated work force.


The standard annual land lease rate at LRU is $0.10 per square foot for a 30 year lease. For a large facility involving a significant investment and creation of local jobs, the City would be willing to consider an extended term and negotiate project specific conditions. All municipal land leases are subject to City Manager approval. The City Council is committed to economic development in the region, and may be willing to support a proposal that would be very attractive to a potential airport developer.

The City is committed to supporting new businesses at the airport, as has been demonstrated by investment in infrastructure extensions and the new fire station which expanded opportunities at LRU. New Mexico State University is a key tenant of the airport with their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight Test Center and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technical Analysis and Application Center. The State of New Mexico offers an aircraft manufacturing tax deduction as well as several aerospace and aviation advantages.

Las Cruces International Airport is uniquely positioned to serve your business needs.

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