Colorado Springs Airport

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City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport
Official Colorado Springs Airport Logo 2015.png
Colorado Springs Airport Terminal Building.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator City of Colorado Springs
Serves Colorado Springs, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 6,187 ft / 1,886 m
Coordinates 38°48′21″N 104°42′03″W / 38.80583°N 104.70083°W / 38.80583; -104.70083Coordinates: 38°48′21″N 104°42′03″W / 38.80583°N 104.70083°W / 38.80583; -104.70083
Website Colorado Springs Airport
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
COS is located in Colorado
COS is located in the US
Location of airport in Colorado / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17L/35R 13,501 4,115 Concrete
17R/35L 11,022 3,360 Asphalt
13/31 8,269 2,520 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations 125,303
Based aircraft 250
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport[2] (IATA: COSICAO: KCOSFAA LID: COS) (also known as Colorado Springs Airport[1]) is a city-owned public civil-military airport 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Colorado Springs, in El Paso County, Colorado.[2] It is the second busiest commercial service airport in the state. Peterson Air Force Base, which is located on the north side of runway 13/31, is a tenant of the airport.


Colorado Springs Airport
Peterson Air and Space Museum.jpg
Former terminal, now Peterson Air & Space Museum
Colorado Springs Airport is located in Colorado
Colorado Springs Airport
Colorado Springs Airport is located in the US
Colorado Springs Airport
Nearest city Colorado Springs, Colorado
Area 8.3 acres (3.4 ha)
Built 1942
Architectural style Art Deco, Moderne
NRHP Reference # 90001296[3]
Added to NRHP November 15, 1996
Busy morning ramp
Inside the Mortgage Solutions Financial Premier Lounge.

In 1927 the airport opened on 640 acres (260 ha) 7 miles (11 km) east of the city, with two gravel runways. In the late 1930s the first scheduled airline flight went from El Paso, Texas, through Pueblo, Colorado Springs, to Denver and back. The first municipal terminal was built in 1942 in an art deco style. Soon after the terminal was built the field was taken over by the military in the months preceding World War II. After the war, the city regained control.

In 1966 a new terminal was built on the west side of the runways, just east of Powers Boulevard. This terminal expanded by the 1980s, with a six gate addition. By 1991 the airport had three 150-foot (46 m) wide runways, one 13,501 feet (4,115 m) long, making it the longest runway in Colorado until 16R/34L, a 16,000-foot (4,900 m) runway, opened at Denver International Airport in September 2003. In 1991 the city approved a new terminal, two miles east of the former terminal, in the south-center part of the airport. The 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m2) terminal opened on October 22, 1994 with 12 gates; it was designed by the Van Sant Group and cost $140 million.[4] In the 1990s a second, 5-gate concourse was added on the east side of the main terminal.

Commercial Service[edit]

Through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the airport tried to expand service. The largest number of passengers was nearly 5 million in 1996 when now-defunct Western Pacific Airlines had a hub at COS (they moved it to Denver International Airport in late 1996). Their timetable for 15 June shows 33 daily departures to 20 airports between the west coast and Newark and Washington Dulles. (All their flights left from or landed at COS).

In 2012, Frontier Airlines attempted to build a focus city at COS with added nonstop service to a number of destinations including Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Portland, OR, San Diego and Seattle-Tacoma in addition to existing daily flights to their Denver hub. In 2013, Frontier discontinued all service from COS citing that performance on the newly served routes were not meeting expectations. Frontier returned to COS in 2016 with nonstop service to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Sky Harbor and Orlando with plans to grow to 15-20 destinations within 3 to 5 years. In March 2017, Frontier announced 7 new seasonal cities from COS including Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington to begin summer 2017 and Ft. Myers and Tampa to begin fall 2017.

Colorado Springs currently has non-stop flights to 14 U.S. cities on 6 carriers.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers 7,200 acres (2,900 ha) and has three paved runways: 17L/35R, 13,501 x 150 ft (4,115 x 46 m) long, 17R/35L, 11,022 x 150 ft (3,360 x 46 m) and 13/31, 8,269 x 150 ft (2,520 x 46 m).[2]

Reached via Milton Proby Parkway, the terminal consists of two concourses. However, only one, the larger concourse housing gates 1–12, has ever been put to commercial use; the second concourse (called the Western Pacific Airlines concourse) contains gates 14–18 (there is no gate 13), and is now mainly used for meetings. Access between the concourses requires leaving the secure area, walking through the main terminal and down a long hallway.

Since September 2011 the airport terminal has been under renovation, that includes reconstruction of the TSA checkpoint to support full body scanners, expansion of office space behind the ticket counters, and new facilities for automated baggage screening.

Repairs to runway 17L/35R, first scheduled for 2011, were delayed to spring 2012 by the FAA shutdown.

In the year ending September 30, 2013 the airport had 138,326 aircraft operations, an average of 378 per day: 58% general aviation, 18% air taxi, 14% scheduled commercial and 11% military. 292 aircraft were then based at the airport: 50% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, 12% jet, 1% helicopter and 16% military.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest Airlines
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare (begins July 5, 2017),[5] Dallas/Fort Worth
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
Frontier Airlines Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare (begins June 12, 2017),[6] Los Angeles (begins June 12, 2017),[6] San Diego (begins July 10, 2017),[6] San Francisco (begins June 11, 2017),[6] Washington–Dulles (begins July 10, 2017)[6]
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from COS
(Dec 2015 – Nov 2016)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 167,000 American
2 Denver, Colorado 143,000 United
3 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 60,000 United
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 55,000 United
5 Atlanta, Georgia 47,000 Delta
6 Las Vegas, Nevada 46,000 Allegiant, Frontier
7 Los Angeles, California 31,000 United
7 Salt Lake City, Utah 31,000 Delta
9 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 22,000 Alaska
10 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona 19,000 Frontier

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Colorado Springs Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for COS (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2014-03-20
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Colorado Springs Airport -". Springs Gov. 
  5. ^ Zumbach, Lauren (10 March 2017). "American adds routes to Wisconsin, Guatemala, Spain at O'Hare". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Frontier Airlines adds service in 12 new markets around the country" (Press release). Frontier Airlines. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ | BTS | Transtats. Retrieved in February 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Unruly passenger charged in AirTran incident". CNN. January 12, 2010. 

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