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:
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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
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.
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
Distance from Salisbury Regional Airport: 39 miles
Nestled on the banks of the Choptank River, Cambridge is one of the oldest port towns on the Eastern Shore. Visitors enjoy viewing 18th-century homes and learning about the town’s rich maritime history. Some of the many amenities available:
Distance from Salisbury Regional Airport:27 miles.
Vacation days are for having fun. And nobody does fun better than Ocean City, MD, ranked as one of the top 25 beaches in the country by Trip Advisor. Enjoy 10 miles of free beach, a world-renowned boardwalk and great accommodations. And so many other activities at or near Ocean City:
Assateague Island; a barrier island where the famous wild horses roam
Ocean City’s new Center for the Arts and the Performing Arts Center
Over 200 places to dine from specialty treats on the boardwalk to our famous Maryland seafood.
Water sports: water skiing, parasailing, jet skiing, fishing
The Roland E. Powell Convention Center located on the bay front for meetings and conventions
Princess Anne is the county seat for Somerset County. The town is primarily known for its historic homes and buildings. There are many quaint shops and eateries to be experienced.
Princess Anne is also the home of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)(hyperlink to UMES website). Historically a black land grant college, it now educates approximately 3,500 students each year, with over 400 international students from 67 countries.
Distance from Salisbury Regional Airport: 15 miles
From beautiful beaches and scenic outdoor trails to family farms and eclectic communities, Sussex County, Delaware, is the perfect blend of lively and laidback lifestyles.
Just minutes from the Salisbury-Ocean City area, Sussex County and its nearly 940 square miles offer plenty to explore that will excite anyone and exceed the greatest expectations. Please visit us and try some of the many activities we offer.
Relax by the surf
Tastings at local wineries and craft breweries
We invite you to explore our amazing home, nestled here from the beaches to the bay.
Distance from Salisbury Regional Airport:
NASA Wallops Flight Facility – 37 miles
Chincoteaque National Refuge – 47 miles
Located on the northernmost portion of Virginia’s scenic Eastern Shore, Accomack County covers approximately 476 square miles of rich farmland, undisturbed beaches, expanses of marsh and forest, and small towns rich in history and culture. It has miles of shoreline on both the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, constituting one of the largest unspoiled wetlands habitat in the world. Accomack County’s picturesque small towns and villages offer a modern-day refuge to those who seek the serenity of streets lined with Colonial- and Victorian-era homes and storefronts. The towns of Accomack and Onancock are designated State Historic Districts that feature restored Colonial architecture. Recreational opportunities attract fishermen, boaters, and beach-lovers to Accomack County and its pristine barrier islands. Accomack County is home for the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility and Chincoteaque National Refuge, home of the famous Chincoteaque ponies.