Covington County: Connected to the Country and the World
Covington County is your gateway to global markets. Alabama is centrally located in the heart of the U.S.'s fastest-growing economy — only a day’s drive from half of the U.S. population with convenient access to ports, rail, and airports. We are equipped to quickly ship your products anywhere in the world at a competitive cost. Plus, no inventory tax!
Major Highways in or near Covington County, AL include:
- I-65 (west of county)
- I-10 (east of county)
- US Hwy 29
- US Hwy 331
- US Hwy 84
South Alabama Regional Airport
The South Alabama Regional Airport (SARA), located between Andalusia and Opp, conveniently serves all of Covington County as one the best general aviation airports in the southeast. Additionally, it serves as a hot refueling facility for military helicopters. The airport is supported through a DOD contract that provides 1 million gallons of fuel per year to the military.
The South Alabama Regional Airport features:
- MRO Hangar Complex: Provides a fully operational paint facility and full-service avionics support capabilities. It occupies 77,000 sq. ft. of hangar and administrative office space.
- Twin Hangar Complex: The facility supports aircraft maintenance, modification, repair and overhaul. The center includes two hangars with shop space and an engineering/administrative building, totaling more than 70,000 square feet.
- Nose Dock Hangar: Total of 24,000 square feet (80’ x 300’) with an additional 15,000 square feet (50’ x 300’) confined area.
- Courtesy Car and Pilots’ Lounge
- South Alabama Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) & Industrial Park: Total 165 acres with infrastructure in place has aerospace capability with runway access and four-lane access to Highway 84. Home to Filtration MFG and Cooper Welding and Fabrication.
- Aviation Training: The Covington County Business Development Center at South Alabama Regional Airport serves as a campus for the Enterprise State Community College’s Alabama Aviation College. The facility consists of approximately 9,500 square feet of well-lit and ventilated instructional and administrative space, including a faculty administrative office, secure records storage space, two large classrooms, a welding lab, composites lab, sheet metal lab, and a woodworking lab.
More details can be found here.
Fast Facts about South Alabama Regional Airport:
- 6,000 ft. runway and taxiway
- Runway: 100 feet wide and stressed to accommodate 160,000 lbs. dual wheel
- Taxiway: 35 feet wide and stressed to accommodate 60,000 lbs. dual wheel
- Runway LED
- 20,000 gallon Jet A fuel farm and 10,000-gallon 100LL fuel farm
- Two 3,000 gallon Jet A tankers
- 100LL self-service fueling system
- Fully-equipped ARFF Fire Department. Fire Department has all the required equipment to meet DCMA standards for large aircraft operations.
- ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System)
|Airport||Location||Distance from Covington Co.|
|Montgomery Regional Airport||Montgomery, AL||90 Miles|
|Dothan Regional Airport||Dothan, AL||80 Miles|
|Northwest Florida Regional Airport||Eglin AFB (Fort Walton/Destin Area)||75 Miles|
|Columbus Metropolitan Airport||Columbus, GA||180 Miles|
|Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport||Panama City, FL||115 Miles|
|Mobile International Airport||Mobile, AL||130 Miles|
|Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport||Birmingham, AL||180 Miles|
|Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport||Atlanta, GA||255 Miles|
The Three Notch Railroad — a short-line railroad created in 2001 and currently a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming — link local communities to the national railroad network and to the economic benefits that flow from that network. It runs from a connection with CSX Transportation at Georgiana, Alabama to Andalusia, Alabama, 36 miles (58 km).
Port facilities are available through the Alabama State Port located in Mobile, Alabama (125 miles from Andalusia, Alabama) and the Panama City Port Authority in Panama City, Florida (109 miles from Andalusia, Alabama).