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
Aircraft operations (2016) 130,894
Based aircraft (2017) 242
Total Passengers Served (12 months ending Mar 2017) 1,370,000
Cargo handled (12 months ending Mar 2017) 27,000,000 lbs.
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 January 1, 2016 the airport had 130,894 aircraft operations, an average of 358 per day: 47% general aviation, 33% military, 10% air taxi, and 10% scheduled commercial. In May 2017, there were 242 aircraft based at the airport: 143 single-engine, 37 multi-engine, 25 jet, 4 helicopter, and 33 military.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


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


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Memphis, Grand Junction


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from COS
(Apr 2017 – Mar 2017)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 169,820 American
2 Denver, Colorado 145,690 United
3 Las Vegas, Nevada 58,970 Allegiant, Frontier
4 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 58,760 United
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 55,020 United
6 Atlanta, Georgia 45,690 Delta
7 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona 36,090 Frontier
8 Salt Lake City, Utah 30,750 Delta
9 Los Angeles, California 30,230 United
10 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 21,980 Alaska

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 May 25, 2017
  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. ^ "RITA BTS Transtats - COS". Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Unruly passenger charged in AirTran incident". CNN. January 12, 2010. 

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