About the Airport

FAT opened in 1942 as a US Army airfield, and began providing commercial air travel in 1948. The City has been improving the public facilities and services ever since. With its Central California location, large regional population, and growing local economy, the airport served more than 1.5 million passengers flying through FAT to domestic and international destinations in 2016. The airport also handled over 26 million tons of air cargo and accommodated over 105,000 operations by commercial, military, and emergency services as well as business and personal aircraft. In serving the air transportation needs of Central California, the airport is a major contributor to the economic health of the region and generates thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic benefits. More information about the airport can be found on the Airport's website.

Airport Vision and Mission:

To guide the ongoing operation and management of the airport, and to provide context for the preparation of the Master Plan Update, the following vision and mission have been identified for FAT:

Vision – Be an exemplary regional transportation hub that provides access to the world.

Mission – Provide safe, sustainable, and secure facilities that meet the transportation needs of Central California while enabling regional economic growth and providing excellent service.


About the Master Plan Update

The previous Master Plan for FAT was prepared in 2006. Since then, the economy has fluctuated and changes in the aviation industry and regional market have occurred. This update will address those changes and provide the City of Fresno and its stakeholders with a comprehensive, organized, and rational plan for developing airport facilities over the next 20 years. The goals of this process are to ensure that aviation needs are met in a feasible and fiscally responsible manner and that ongoing development is in concert with the community and environment.

Master Plan Update Process:

This Master Plan Update is being prepared in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It is a comprehensive study that analyzes market trends, forecasts future activity levels, and assesses facility requirements to accommodate those needs. The results of the study are documented in a technical report and a set of Airport Layout Plan (ALP) drawings that depict the existing airport facilities and environs along with the proposed future improvements.

The planning process is depicted in the following flow-chart and includes input from stakeholders who have an interest in the airport’s future, such as: airport users and tenants, community groups, local businesses, government agencies, and the general public. Several of the airport tenants and stakeholders are participating on a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) that will provide inside and review interim project findings at key points during the study. Three public informational workshops will also be held.