Cortez Municipal Airport
|Cortez Municipal Airport|
|IATA: CEZ – ICAO: KCEZ – FAA LID: CEZ|
|Owner||City of Cortez|
|Elevation AMSL||5,918 ft / 1,804 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Cortez Municipal Airport (IATA: CEZ, ICAO: KCEZ, FAA LID: CEZ) is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Cortez, a city in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. It is also known as Montezuma County Airport. The airport is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 8,401 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 7,698 enplanements in 2009, and 6,342 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft 
Cortez Municipal Airport covers an area of 622 acres (252 ha) at an elevation of 5,918 feet (1,804 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 7,205 by 100 feet (2,196 x 30 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 12,036 aircraft operations, an average of 32 per day: 83% general aviation, 17% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 36 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, and 14% ultralight.
Airline and destinations 
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
|Great Lakes Airlines||Denver, Prescott|
- FAA Airport Master Record for CEZ ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Montezuma County Airport (CEZ)". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
Other sources 
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1998-3508) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Order 2006-7-19: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Alamosa and Cortez, Colorado for two years, beginning August 1, 2006. Alamosa will receive three nonstop round trips to Denver each weekday and weekend (18 total round trips per week) at an annual subsidy rate of $1,150,268. Cortez will receive three nonstop round trips to Denver each weekday and weekend at an annual subsidy rate of $796,577. Each community will be served with 19-passenger Beech 1900-D aircraft.
- Order 2008-5-24: reselecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., d/b/a United Express, to provide essential air service (EAS) at annual subsidy rates of $1,853,475 at Alamosa, Colorado, and $1,295,562 at Cortez, through July 31, 2010.
- Order 2010-7-5: selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to continue providing subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Alamosa and Cortez, Colorado, for the two-year period beginning August 1, 2010, at the annual subsidy rates of $1,987,155 and $1,847,657, respectively.
- Cortez Municipal Airport at City of Cortez website
- FAA Terminal Procedures for CEZ, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: