Super Bowl LI

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Updated Dec. 20, 2016

Those with companies whose business could take them to Houston, TX between Feb. 2-6 will want to familiarize themselves with the FAA’s air traffic procedures NOTAM for the area on those dates. The FAA has released the guidance in conjunction with Super Bowl LI, which takes place on Sunday, Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Game time will be at 5:30 p.m. CST.

Note that reservations will be required for arrivals and departures from Thursday, Feb. 2 through Monday, Feb. 6 at 21 Houston-area airports. Reservations can be obtained through local FBOs.

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • Ellington Airport (EFD)
  • Scholes International Airport at Galveston (GLS)
  • Houston Executive Airport (TME)
  • Lone Star Executive Airport (CXO)
  • David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH)
  • Sugar Land Regional Airport (SGR)
  • West Houston Airport (IWS)
  • Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (LBX)
  • Pearland Regional Airport (LVJ)
  • La Porte Municipal Airport (T41)
  • Baytown Airport (HPY)
  • Houston Southwest Airport (AXH)
  • RWJ Airpark (54T)
  • Chambers County Airport (T00)
  • Liberty Municipal Airport (T78)
  • Navasota Municipal Airport (60R)
  • Eagle Lake Airport (ELA)
  • Wharton Regional Airport (ARM)
  • Bay City Municipal Airport (BYY)

Required Route Structures for Arrivals and Departures

Arrival Route Requirements: Feb 2: 6 a.m. (1200z) through Feb 6 8 p.m. (07/0200z)

The arrival route requirements are specific to arrivals into several Houston-area airports. They are broken into arrival airport and direction for both turbojet and turbo prop/prop aircraft. These routes can be found in the FAA air traffic management procedures NOTAM.

Departure Route Requirements: Feb 2 6 a.m. (1200z) through Feb 6 8 p.m. (07/0200z)

The departure route requirements are specific to airport of origin and direction of flight and destination. These routes can be found in the FAA air traffic management procedures NOTAM.

To assist flight operators in easily obtaining important air traffic management information, the FAA has published NOTAM’s specific to each airport in the region:

View a comprehensive Super Bowl LI NOTAM

Special Event TFR Expected on Game Day

A special event TFR will be published approximately one to two weeks prior to the Super Bowl, which will outline the impacts associated with the TFR. It is expected to prohibit general aviation operations at Houston Hobby (HOU) starting sometime Sunday afternoon until well after the game has ended. The TFR NOTAM will be published on this webpage as soon as it’s available.

FAA ATC Air Traffic Management Initiatives

Air traffic management Initiatives can be expected throughout the week and may include the following:

  • Ground Delay Programs (GDP)
  • Airspace Flow Programs (AFP)
  • Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP)
  • Time Based Metering
  • Miles in Trail
  • Airborne Holding
  • Ground Stops

The FAA has published a webpage that contains all air traffic management related information for all Houston area-airspace and airports. It will be updated as additional information becomes available.

FAA Super Bowl LI air traffic management webpage.