Durango–La Plata County Airport
|Durango–La Plata County Airport|
|IATA: DRO – ICAO: KDRO – FAA LID: DRO|
|Operator||City of Durango & La Plata County|
|Elevation AMSL||6,685 ft / 2,038 m|
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 134,386 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 148,077 in 2009 and 163,611 in 2010.
In 2011 the airport had 29,020 aircraft operations, average 79 per day: 69% general aviation, 22% air taxi, 8% airline, and 2% military. 70 aircraft were then based at the airport: 87% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, and 1% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Los Angeles
The airport has three boarding gates, five plane stands, a pre-security restaurant and a gift shop. It has free wi-fi internet terminal-wide.
Historical airline service
Several airlines flew mainline jets to Durango. American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80s flew to Dallas/Fort Worth during several winter ski seasons starting in 1994-95; America West Airlines Boeing 737-200s flew to Albuquerque and Phoenix, and the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) flew Boeing 737-200s to Denver, and weekend 737 flights to Dallas/Fort Worth during several winter ski seasons. Frontier had served Durango for years with Convair 580 turboprops with flights to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah; the first jets to serve Durango were Frontier 737s in 1977. During the 1990s, Reno Air operated MD-80 jetliners nonstop to Los Angeles International Airport and also to Albuquerque Sunport.
A number of regional and commuter airlines served DRO, mainly to Denver. Aspen Airways flew British Aerospace BAe 146-100 jets and Convair 580 turboprops as an independent airline and later as United Express; Rocky Mountain Airways flying as Continental Express operated ATR-42s, Beechcraft 1900Cs and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7s; Mesa Airlines operating as United Express flew Beechcraft 1900Cs, de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8s and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias, and GP Express Airlines (Continental Connection) flew Beechcraft 1900Cs. Trans-Colorado Airlines served Durango as Continental Express with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners.
All flights now are turboprops or regional jets. American Eagle, flying for American Airlines, has Embraer ERJ-140s and ERJ-145s nonstop to Dallas/Fort Worth, and Canadair CRJ-200s and CRJ-900s operate to flights to Phoenix. United Express/Republic Airlines mainly flies the Bombardier Q400, although other United Express flights nonstop to Denver are flown by SkyWest Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 and by ExpressJet Embraer ERJ-145s.
Accidents and incidents
- On January 19, 1988, Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 2286 crashed while on approach to Durango-La Plata Airport. 9 of the 17 passengers and crew on board are killed in the accident.
- 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). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. 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
- Plane Crash Kills Eight in Colo.; Survivors Hike Out
- 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 10, 2016
- Resources for this airport: