Durango–La Plata County Airport

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Durango–La Plata County Airport
IATA: DROICAO: KDROFAA LID: DRO
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesDurango, Colorado
Elevation AMSL6,685 ft / 2,038 m
Coordinates37°09′05″N 107°45′14″W / 37.15139°N 107.75389°W / 37.15139; -107.75389Coordinates: 37°09′05″N 107°45′14″W / 37.15139°N 107.75389°W / 37.15139; -107.75389
Websitewww.FlyDurango.com
Map
DRO is located in Colorado
DRO
DRO
Location of airport in Colorado
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
3/219,2012,804Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations29,020
Based aircraft70
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
 
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This article is about the airport in Durango, Colorado, USA. For the airport in Durango, Mexico, see General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport.
Durango–La Plata County Airport
IATA: DROICAO: KDROFAA LID: DRO
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesDurango, Colorado
Elevation AMSL6,685 ft / 2,038 m
Coordinates37°09′05″N 107°45′14″W / 37.15139°N 107.75389°W / 37.15139; -107.75389Coordinates: 37°09′05″N 107°45′14″W / 37.15139°N 107.75389°W / 37.15139; -107.75389
Websitewww.FlyDurango.com
Map
DRO is located in Colorado
DRO
DRO
Location of airport in Colorado
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
3/219,2012,804Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations29,020
Based aircraft70
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Durango–La Plata County Airport (IATA: DRO[2]ICAO: KDROFAA LID: DRO) is a city and county owned, public airport 12 miles southeast of Durango, in La Plata County, Colorado.[1]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 134,386 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 148,077 in 2009 and 163,611 in 2010.[5]

History[edit]

Durango–La Plata County Airport was served during the 1990s by Reno Air with DC-9 flights from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[6]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 1,281 acres (518 ha) at an elevation of 6,685 feet (2,038 m). Its one runway, 3/21, is 9,201 by 150 feet (2,804 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

In 2011 the airport had 29,020 aircraft operations, average 79 per day: 69% general aviation, 22% air taxi, 8% airline, and 2% military. 70 aircraft were then based at the airport: 87% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, and 1% helicopter.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

AirlinesDestinations
American EagleDallas/Fort Worth
Frontier AirlinesSeasonal: Denver
United ExpressDenver
US Airways ExpressPhoenix

The airport has three boarding gates, five plane stands, a pre-security restaurant and a gift shop. It has free wi-fi internet terminal-wide.

Several airlines flew mainline jets to Durango. American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80s flew to Dallas/Ft. Worth during several winter ski seasons starting in 1994-95; America West Airlines Boeing 737-200s flew to Albuquerque and Phoenix, and the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) flew Boeing 737-200s to Denver, and weekend 737 flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth during several winter ski seasons. Frontier had served Durango for years with Convair 580 turboprops with flights to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah; the first jets to serve Durango were Frontier 737s in 1977.

A number of regional and commuter airlines served DRO, mainly to Denver. Aspen Airways flew British Aerospace BAe 146-100 jets and Convair 580 turboprops as an independent airline and later as United Express; Rocky Mountain Airways flying as Continental Express had ATR-42s, Beechcraft 1900Cs and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7s; Mesa Airlines operating as United Express had Beechcraft 1900Cs, de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8s and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias, and GP Express Airlines (Continental Connection) flew Beechcraft 1900Cs. Trans-Colorado Airlines served Durango as Continental Express with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners.[7]

Most flights now are turboprops or regional jets, the exception being Frontier Airlines Airbus A319s nonstop to Denver.[8] American Eagle, flying for American Airlines, has Embraer ERJ-140s and ERJ-145s nonstop to Dallas/Ft. Worth. United Express/Republic Airlines mainly flies the Bombardier Q400, although other United Express flights nonstop to Denver are flown by SkyWest Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 and by ExpressJet Embraer ERJ-145s. SkyWest Airlines (US Airways Express) Canadair CRJ-200s fly nonstop to Phoenix.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for DRO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (DRO: Durango / La Plata)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ departedflights.com, Official Airline Guide (OAG), North American editions: April 1, 1974; Nov. 15, 1979; April 1, 1981; July 1, 1983; Dec. 15, 1989; Oct. 1, 1991
  8. ^ Frontier Airlines May 2013 timetable

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