Our History

In 1940, Wicomico County and the City of Salisbury began construction of the airport under a joint agreement with the Federal Works Progress Administration. Originally encompassing 695 acres, the project cost $1.5 million.

Today, the airport spans roughly 1,000 acres, making it the second largest in the state of Maryland.

Below is a chronology of major changes and events which have taken place over the decades:

1940 — Airport construction begins.

1944 — Airport is completed and leased to U.S. Navy.

1946 — Airfield Operating Corp. leases airport. Business activity begins. / Chesapeake Airways begins commercial service to Easton, Baltimore, and Washington.

1948 — Construction of ramp, access road, and original terminal building.

1949 — City and County resume management of airport. / All American Airways supersedes Chesapeake Airways.

1950 — Allegheny Airlines supersedes All American Airways.

1958 — Airport Commission created, becomes responsible for airport operation.

1960 — 1969, Various improvement projects, including runway resurfacing and installation of taxiway lights.

1968 — Henson Aviation, under contract with Allegheny Airlines, begins scheduled commuter service.

1969 — Allegheny discontinues service.

1970 – 1979 — Construction projects include lengthening runway 14/32 by 500 feet and installation of an instrument landing system. / Additional land acquisitions increases airport size to approximately 820 acres.

1971 — City of Salisbury relinquishes its interest in the airport to Wicomico County. County becomes sole owner.

1976 — Henson Aviation builds hangar-office complex.

1978 — Maryland State Police establish medevac helicopter base.

1983 — Henson Aviation continues service, but now under contract to Piedmont Airlines.

1986 — Pennsylvania Airlines, under contract with Allegheny, begins commuter service.

1988 — Pennsylvania Airlines discontinues service.

1989 — United Express begins commuter service, but discontinues after eight months despite profitability of routes.

1991 — New 26,000-sq.-ft. terminal building opens.

1993 — U.S. Airways purchases Henson Aviation and changes Henson’s name to Piedmont Airlines.

1999 — Air-traffic control tower begins service.

2006 — Multi-year process begins to rehabilitate and extend runway 14/32.

2012 — Conclusion of runway rehabilitation and extension. Runway 14/32 grows 900 feet in length to 6,400 feet.

2014 —Reconstruction of runway 5/23 begins.

2015 — American Airlines merges with U.S. Airways. Piedmont becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of American. / Piedmont receives approximately 20 Embraer ERJ-145 jet aircraft from American.

2016 — To accommodate future jet service, the airport announces plans to further extend runway 14/32 to a total length of 7,000 feet.

Economic Impact

The Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) is centrally located on the Delmarva Peninsula near the crossroads of two major highways, US 50 and US 13. The airport supports American Airlines scheduled service, FEDEX cargo service, Maryland State Police helicopter operations, and a wide range of general-aviation activities, including corporate-jet operations, primary flight training, on-demand charter service, and light-plane business and recreational flying. Directly and indirectly, the airport supports 1,300 jobs and generates annual revenue of $84 million.

SBY Salisbury Regional Airport Brochure

Air Business Center

SBY Economic Impact – 2015


Civil Air Patrol logoThe Wicomico Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxilary of the U.S. Air Force, is headquartered at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport.  As a Mission-based-qualified component of the Maryland Wing, it has provided emergency services to the community, state and nation since the squadron’s activation in 1991.

In addition to providing search and rescue operations, and participating in homeland security and counterdrug operations, the Wicomico Composite Squadron has an active cadet program for youth 12 to l8 years and an ongoing aerospace education program.

All members of the community are invited to the squadron meetings  to learn more about its activities. For more information visit the squadron’s website at www.WicomicoCAP.org.  Inquiries are encouraged.

Hangar Rentals

T-hangar rentals at SBY are occasionally available at short notice. (If not, we will place your name on a waiting list.) The current monthly fee for a 40-ft.-wide hangar with rolling doors is $192. For information, please contact the airport manager’s office at 410-548-4827.


Airport Management

  • Bob Culver, County Executive
  • Wayne R. Strausburg, County Administrator
  • Dawn R. H. Veatch, Manager

Airport Commission

  • Calvin Peacock, Chairman
  • Matthew E. Creamer, Vice Chairman
  • John Cannon
    Wicomico County Council Representative
  • Nola M. Arnold
  • James B. Brooke
  • James "Bud" Church
    Worcester County Representative
  • Gerard J. DiCairano
  • April Jackson
    Salisbury City Council Representative

Bay Land Aviation

Bay Land Aviation is a full-service FBO. (410) 749-0323


  • Flight Instruction
  • Aircraft Rental
  • Charter Flights
  • 100LL Avgas and Jet Fuel
  • Rental Cars
  • Catering
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Access

Hours of Operation:

Winter Hours (October 1 thru April 30) 0700 – 1900 local
7 days per week
Customer Service 0900 – 1700 local

Summer Hours (May 1 thru September 30) 0700 – 2000 local
7 days per week
Customer Service 0800 – 1700 local

After-hours services available. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For additional services, go to www.baylandaviation.com.

Kilroy Aviation

ODA and certification for all UAS, Aircraft and Rotorcraft type design
and alteration.  http://www.kilroy.faaoda.com

Introduction to KILROY AVIATION
What is FAA Certification – A Primer


Pilot Guide

SBY is a pilot-friendly airport. From our pleasant and helpful control-tower operators to our courteous and dedicated fuelers and FBO personnel, we’ll give you a warm Delmarva welcome and provide you and your passengers with “above-and-beyond” service. You’ll be glad you chose to visit SBY.

For detailed airport information, visit AirNav.com

Drone Operations

SBY Regional Airport has a dedicated Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) area located within its Airport Business Park with a dedicated launch and recovery site. We will soon have an FAA waiver for drone operation in our Class D airspace. If you seek design, construction or operation space for your UAS business please contact the SBY Regional Airport Manager.

If you intend to operate your private or commercial drone within 5 miles of the SBY Airport please submit this application to the SBY Regional Airport Manager. If you intend to operate over an extended period of time please contact the SBY Airport Manager to establish a Letter of Agreement.

For information about UAS/drone operation click here. If you want to register your UAV with the FAA click here.


Air Business Center

Located in the coastal area of Maryland, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Salisbury Regional offers an outstanding location for your aviation-related business.

Why do business here?

  • Strategic East Coast location
  • Land-lease program available
  • Existing hangar space available
  • NASA’s Virginia space-flight facility is nearby on Wallops Island
  • Maryland’s second largest airport
  • Scheduled airline service

For Details, contact

Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development
800-521-7933 / 410-749-1251
Download Air Business Center.pdf
Wicomico County Economic Brief.pdf

Economic Opportunities

SBY Opportunity.pdf


Airport Amenities

  • Control tower
  • 6,400-foot main runway
  • 5,000-foot cross runway
  • Instrument Landing System
  • Attractive airline and general-aviation terminals
  • Convenient parking
  • Bay Land Aviation (FBO)


Salisbury Airport’s superb location allows quick and easy access to major business markets. The airport’s affordable rental rates and abundant space make it an ideal place to grow your business.

Airport Business Directory

Bay Land Aviation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1896
5279 Airport Rd.
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Phone: 410-749-0323
Fax: 410-749-0035
UNICOM: 122.95MHz


Civil Air Patrol Wicomico Composite Squadron
5485 Airport Terminal Rd.
Salisbury, MD. 21804


5255 Falcon Drive
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Phone: 800-463-3339


Maryland State Police Aviation
Salisbury Section 4
3023 Strawberry Pt. Rd
Middle River, MD 21220
Phone: 410-238-5800


Perdue Farms, Inc
31149 Old Ocean City Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Phone: 410-749-0323


Piedmont Airlines
5443 Airport Terminal Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Phone: 410-548-2901


WBOC Chopper 16
1729 North Salisbury Blvd.
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
Phone: 410-749-1111


Our Area

Fun places to visit not far from the airport