Not so long ago, it would have been unheard of to have commercial flights from Texas or intrastate communities landing in Ruidoso. It was an understood fact that if you wanted to travel to Ruidoso you would strap yourself in the car and drive for hours to reach the beautiful Sacramento Mountains. Gone (almost), are the days of mapping out every rest stop or gas station between Ruidoso and Timbuktu.
What glorious new thing has made this happen, you ask? On February 11, 2008 New Mexico Airlines began service to Ruidoso from Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Hobbs, El Paso and Midland. Just a moment ago, I checked with the New Mexico Airlines website and located a round-trip flight from Midland to Ruidoso for $222.00 - not a bad price at all, considering high gas prices these days. Currently, New Mexico Airlines owns and operates three, 9 passenger Cessna Grand Caravans. I also located a flight from Ruidoso to Albuquerque for $220.85 which takes about 40 minutes. Check their timetable to find the best flight for yourself.
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