Masters Golf Tournament 2018

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Updated April 2, 2018

The 2018 Masters Golf Tournament will be held in the Augusta, GA area the week of April 2 to 8.

The FAA has released an air traffic procedures NOTAM, which contains specific operational details on required routings in and out of the Augusta area, planned traffic management initiatives, as well as other pertinent information.

Preferred IFR Arrival and Departure Routes

Flight operators should note there are preferred arrival routes and departure routes for all four airports in the region. Flight operators not utilizing the preferred routes included in the NOTAM risk delay as ATC will need to amend the route filed. Detailed route information is available in an FAA Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM, which was revised on April 2.

View the revised FAA Masters 2018 Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM (PDF)

In addition, FAA traffic management initiatives are likely during periods of peak demand. These initiatives may include, but are not limited to, reroutes, miles-in-trail, altitude restrictions, ground stops and ground delay programs. If a ground delay program is implemented, it will be airport specific and flight operators will receive an expected departure clearance time. The air traffic demand in conjunction with the airport arrival rate will determine the delay assignment.

Taxiway Closures at Augusta Regional Bush Field During Masters 2018

Some taxiway closures at Augusta Regional Bush Field (AGS) will affect aircraft movement in and out of the ramp area. The following taxiways will be closed during the week during Masters 2018.

  • Taxiway A South of D
  • Taxiway E between Runway 17/35 and Taxiway C

Please note that an extension of Taxiway C has been constructed off the South ramp. This will allow aircraft to depart the ramp area and taxi onto the ramp area from Taxiway C. This section of Taxiway C can accommodate up to a Boeing 757. This is depicted in the attached AGS Airport Diagram linked below.

Other items to note regarding these taxiway closures.

  • Aircraft landing Runway 35 will have to roll to taxiway A2 or the end of the runway before turning off the active runway.
  • Aircraft landing Runway 17 will roll to Runway 8/26 or the end of the runway before turning off the active runway (Note Runway 8/26 will be closed for aircraft parking east of Runway 17/35.
  • Gate hold is likely during times of peak departure demand due to the constraints getting aircraft to the departure end of Runway 35.
  • Taxiway C from taxiway E to South Apron will be non-movement area.
  • Taxiway C now 270 feet X 75 feet between taxiway E and South Apron

View the revised AGS Airport Diagram (PDF)

Augusta, GA Area Airports – Requirements and Notes

There are four airports in the Augusta, GA region that are commonly used during the week of Masters. All four airports have full service FBOs. The airports are:

  • Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field (AGS)
  • Aiken Municipal (AIK)
  • Daniel Field (DNL)
  • Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU)

Detailed information is available in the letter to aircraft operators that has been released by the four Augusta-area airports.

View the letter to aircraft operators (PDF)

Advance parking reservations will be required for turbine aircraft at Thomson McDuffie County Airport (HQU). Although parking reservations are not required at the other three Augusta area airports it is highly recommended to contact the FBO prior to your operation to provide dates and times of your operation. Specific requirements for each airport are outlined below.

Pertinent operational information, which includes the advance notification requirements, is outlined below for each individual airport. All area airports have full service FBOs, which can accommodate operational and customer service needs.

Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field (AGS)

  • Augusta Airport will close Runway 8/26 and Taxiway E to accommodate additional aircraft parking.
  • Due to the fluid operational nature of this event, no reservations or air slots will be required.
  • Aircraft will be accommodated on a “first come, first serve” basis. Once the ramp reaches capacity, a drop-and-go area will be activated to accommodate those aircraft that are dropping off passengers and immediately departing.
  • A limited amount of space has been made available for operators who are interested in leasing ramp space for the entire week of Masters. For more information, please email Ken Hinkle at
  • John Wayne Air Calvary LLC will provide ramp control advisory services to manage aircraft operations in the non-movement areas.
  • A satellite FBO will be located in close proximity of Runway 8/26 and Taxiway E to support and facilitate an efficient operation in that area.
  • Operators are encouraged to call the FBO at 706-798-2656 prior to your operation and provide operational requirements if possible. FBO webpage is
  • Augusta Regional Airport is located approximately 13 miles from Augusta National, approximately 20-25 miles from Augusta National.

Aiken Municipal Airport (AIK)

  • Parking reservations are recommended and can be obtained through Aiken Aviation at 803-648-7803, or via their website at
  • Aiken Municipal Airport is located 1 mile off I-20 just north of Augusta, approximately 30 minutes from Augusta National.

Daniel Field (DNL)

  • No advance reservations required.
  • Flight operators are encouraged to check out DNL FasTrak which is an optional pre-registration system available on the webpage
  • Daniel Field is located approximately 3 miles from Augusta National, approximately 10-15 minutes from Augusta National.

Thomson-McDuffie County Airport (HQU)

  • Advance parking reservations are required for all turbine aircraft. Reservations can be obtained through Spirit Aviation at 706-595-1300, or via their website at
  • Thomson-McDuffie County Airport is located 2 miles off I-20 just west of Augusta approximately 30 minutes from Augusta National.

Ramp fees are expected at each airport during this event. Please contact the FBO to obtain specific ramp fee information.