Yampa Valley Airport
|Yampa Valley Airport
Yampa Valley Regional Airport
|Aerial view, December 2004|
|IATA: HDN – ICAO: KHDN – FAA LID: HDN|
|Elevation AMSL||6,606 ft / 2,014 m|
|Sources: Routt County and FAA|
Yampa Valley Airport (IATA: HDN, ICAO: KHDN, FAA LID: HDN) is a county owned, public airport in Routt County, Colorado, two miles southeast of Hayden and about 25 miles (40 km) west of Steamboat Springs. Also known as Yampa Valley Regional Airport, it has the only scheduled passenger flights to northwest Colorado. It is also used by general aviation, particularly larger business jets that cannot use the smaller Steamboat Springs Airport (Bob Adams Field).
The airport is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 136,600 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 122,480 in 2009 and 110,044 in 2010.
Terminal and facilities
The Yampa Valley Airport recently completed Phase II of a project that expanded the terminal, apron and parking lots. The project will cost about $18 million. The airport has six gates that can handle Boeing 757s, Boeing 737s, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, Airbus A319s, Canadair CRJ 200s and CRJ 700s. Like other Colorado airports that serve ski resorts, there are no jetbridges, only open air airstairs. The private ramp can handle up to 30 private jets. In the winter months larger private jets such as the Boeing 737 cannot be parked due to lack of space and must depart after deplaning passengers.
There is no Air Traffic Control Tower at the airport. All aircraft are on a CTAF (123.0) and/or Unicom. All aircraft receive approach control services from the Denver Air Trafffic Control Center. Gates and aircraft parking slots can be assigned via the airport operation radio communication channel. Jet A fuel is provided by the FBO (fixed base operator), Galaxy Aviation. All aircraft departing runway 28 make a right or left turn to avoid the populated area of Hayden. Runway 10 has an Instrument Landing System (ILS). Snow and low ceilings during winter months cause some aircraft to divert to other airports including Denver International Airport.
In the year ending January 1, 2011, the airport had 9,677 aircraft operations, an average of 26 per day: 45% general aviation, 28% scheduled commercial, 26% air taxi, and <1% military. Four aircraft were then based at this airport: three single-engine and one multi-engine.
The airport has two ARFF trucks in the operations garage that are run by full-time and seasonal firefighters. They operate ARFF index C from December to March, and ARFF index B from April to November. The ARFF trucks are staffed by firefighters when a scheduled flight is arriving or departing with more than 10 passengers. Local fire departments, like The North Routt Fire Protection District and the West Routt Fire Protection District, can respond to the airport if mutual aid is needed. Transportation can be provided by local taxi companies and the public bus.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines schedule flights:
|Alaska Airlines operated by SkyWest Airlines||Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma (begins December 18, 2013)|
|American Airlines||Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Atlanta|
|Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines||Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|United Airlines||Seasonal: Houston-Intercontinental, Newark|
|United Express operated by Republic Airlines||Denver|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Denver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare (begins February 15, 2014), Los Angeles
All seasonal flights begin in December and end in April. The only year-round scheduled flights are to Denver International Airport by SkyWest ("United Express") with Canadair CRJ-200s and CRJ-700s. Republic Airlines, also United Express, flys to Denver on Bombardier Q400s. American, Delta and United operate Airbus A319s (United), Boeing 737-800s (Delta and United) and Boeing 757-200s (American) during ski season.
Other airlines that have served the airport include Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA); the first jets were American 727-200s and PSA MD-80s in winter 1986-87. Before merging with United, Continental had seasonal Boeing 757-200, 767-200 and 737-700 nonstops to New York/Newark on the weekends. Northwest, which later merged with Delta, flew nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul and this seasonal service continues via Delta Connection. PSA had weekend nonstops from Los Angeles and San Francisco, PSA's only scheduled flights to Colorado.
- "Yampa Valley Regional Airport". Routt County. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- FAA Airport Master Record for HDN ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (HDN: Hayden / Yampa Valley)". 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.
- Airport page at Routt County website
- Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) at Colorado DOT airport directory
- Galaxy Aviation, the fixed base operator (FBO)
- Aerial image as of September 1999 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HDN, effective December 12, 2013
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