Centennial Airport

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Centennial Airport
Centennial Airport (logo).png
A view of the entrance to Centennial Airport.
The airport entrance on South Peoria Street.
Airport type Public
Owner Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority
Serves Denver–Aurora Metropolitan Area, Colorado
Location Dove Valley CDP, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 5,885 ft / 1,794 m
Coordinates 39°34′12″N 104°50′58″W / 39.57000°N 104.84944°W / 39.57000; -104.84944Coordinates: 39°34′12″N 104°50′58″W / 39.57000°N 104.84944°W / 39.57000; -104.84944
Website http://www.centennialairport.com/
APA is located in Colorado
Location of airport in Colorado
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17L/35R 10,001 3,048 Asphalt
17R/35L 7,000 2,134 Asphalt
10/28 4,800 1,463 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 283,186
Based aircraft 858

Centennial Airport (IATA: APAICAO: KAPAFAA LID: APA) is a public use airport owned by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area, 15 nautical miles (17 mi, 28 km) southeast of downtown Denver, Colorado.[1] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a reliever airport.[2]

Located in Dove Valley,[3] a census designated place in Arapahoe County, the airport’s runways extend into Douglas County.[4][5] It opened on May 12, 1967 as Arapahoe County Airport, and was renamed on July 13, 1984. The new name reflects Colorado’s admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial of the United States Declaration of Independence.


Diagram as of February 2008

Centennial Airport covers 1,400 acres (567 ha) at an elevation of 5,885 feet (1,794 m). It has three asphalt runways: 17L/35R is 10,001 by 100 feet (3,048 x 30 m); 17R/35L is 7,000 by 77 feet (2,134 x 23 m); 10/28 is 4,800 by 75 feet (1,463 x 23 m).[1]

In 2010 the airport had 283,186 aircraft operations, average 775 per day: 86% general aviation, 11% air taxi, and 3% military. 858 aircraft were then based at this airport: 67% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, 14% jet, and 2% helicopter.[1]

In 1985 a new control tower was built. It is an international airport with continuous U.S. Customs services and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States with an average of 874 operations per day.[6] The Federal Aviation Administration control tower and associated air traffic control services are continuous; Runway 35R has a Category I Instrument Approach.

Two companies, Key Lime Air and Air Methods, have their corporate headquarters on the airport property.[7][8][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Centennial Airport does not offer scheduled airline passenger service. However, charter air service is available:

Airlines Destinations
Denver Air Connection operated by Key Lime Air Grand Junction[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for APA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dove Valley Business Park". Dove Valley Metropolitan District. Retrieved 2015-03-11.  The postal designation of Englewood, a city located some 7 miles (11 km) west of Dove Valley CDP, is used in the airport’s mailing address. Centennial Airport: Contact Details. Retrieved 2015-03-11.
  4. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Dove Valley CDP, CO" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "Directions" (Archive). Centennial Airport. Retrieved on April 1, 2015.
  6. ^ FlightAware > Resources > Airport > Centennial Airport (Denver, Colorado) [KAPA/APA]
  7. ^ "About." Key Lime Air. Retrieved on April 2, 2015. "Based at Centennial Airport in Englewood Colorado, Key Lime Air is strategically positioned to be able to offer convenient service to either the West coast, Central or East coast of the United States." and "13252 E. Control Tower Rd. Englewood, CO 80112"
  8. ^ "Contact Us". Air Methods. Retrieved April 2, 2015. Corporate Headquarters 7211 S. Peoria Englewood, CO 80112 and Air Methods’ headquarters are located on the north side of Centennial Airport in Englewood – West side of Peoria Street, just south of Easter Avenue 
  9. ^ "Arapahoe County Assessor". Arapahoe County. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Denver Air Connection - Destinations, Retrieved 2013-11-18

External links[edit]

A view of the apron, looking west.