Durango–La Plata County Airport
|Durango–La Plata County Airport|
|IATA: DRO – ICAO: KDRO – FAA LID: DRO|
|Elevation AMSL||6,685 ft / 2,038 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Durango–La Plata County Airport (IATA: DRO, ICAO: KDRO, FAA LID: DRO) is a city and county owned, public use airport located 10 nautical miles (12 mi, 19 km) southeast of the central business district of Durango, a city in La Plata County, Colorado, United States.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, it had 134,386 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 148,077 enplanements in 2009, and 163,611 in 2010.
Facilities and aircraft
Durango–La Plata County Airport covers an area of 1,281 acres (518 ha) at an elevation of 6,685 feet (2,038 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 3/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 9,201 by 150 feet (2,804 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 29,020 aircraft operations, an average of 79 per day: 69% general aviation, 22% air taxi, 8% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 70 aircraft based at this airport: 87% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, and 1% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Frontier Airlines||Seasonal: Denver|
|United Express operated by Republic Airlines||Denver|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Denver|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Denver|
|US Airways Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Phoenix|
The airport has three boarding gates, five plane stands, a pre-security restaurant and a gift shop. The airport also offers free high-speed wi-fi internet terminal wide.
Historically, several airlines operated mainline jet aircraft into Durango in the past. American Airlines operated McDonnell Douglas MD-80 service to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), America West Airlines flew Boeing 737-200 jets to Albuquerque (ABQ) and Phoenix (PHX), and the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) operated Boeing 737-200 flights to Denver (DEN) as well as weekend B737 jet service nonstop to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) during the winter ski season . Prior to initiating jet service, the original Frontier Airlines served Durango for many years with Convair 580 turboprop flights to a number of destinations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
A number of regional and commuter airlines previously served the airport over the years as well, primarily with flights to Denver (DEN). These airlines included Aspen Airways operating British Aerospace BAe 146 jets and Convair 580 turboprops as an independent air carrier and later as an United Express feeder; Rocky Mountain Airways operating as Continental Express flying ATR-42, Beechcraft 1900C and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops; Mesa Airlines operating as United Express with Beechcraft 1900C, de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops, and GP Express Airlines flying as a Continental Connection carrier with Beechcraft 1900C turboprops. In addition, Trans-Colorado Airlines served Durango as Continental Express with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprops.
Currently, most flights from Durango are operated with either turboprop or regional jet aircraft. The exception is Frontier Airlines which presently operates Airbus A319 mainline jet aircraft nonstop to Denver (DEN). American Eagle, flying on behalf of American Airlines, operates Embraer ERJ-140 and ERJ-145 regional jets nonstop to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW). The primary aircraft type operated by United Express from the airport is the Bombardier Q400 high speed turboprop flown by Republic Airlines, which is the newest, largest and fastest member of the Dash 8 family, although other United Express flights nonstop to Denver (DEN) are flown by SkyWest Airlines with Canadair CRJ-200 and by ExpressJet with Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets as well. SkyWest Airlines also operates as US Airways Express flying Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets nonstop to Phoenix (PHX).
- FAA Airport Master Record for DRO ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (DRO: Durango / La Plata)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "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.
- 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
- Frontier Airlines May 2013 system timetable
- Airport page at City of Durango website
- Durango–La Plata County Airport (DRO) at Colorado DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of September 1993 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DRO, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: