Durango–La Plata County Airport

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This article is about the airport in Durango, Colorado, United States. For the airport in Durango, Mexico, see General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport.
Durango–La Plata County Airport
Airport type Public
Operator City of Durango & La Plata County
Serves Durango, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 6,685 ft / 2,038 m
Coordinates 37°09′05″N 107°45′14″W / 37.15139°N 107.75389°W / 37.15139; -107.75389Coordinates: 37°09′05″N 107°45′14″W / 37.15139°N 107.75389°W / 37.15139; -107.75389
Website www.FlyDurango.com
DRO is located in Colorado
Location of airport in Colorado
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 9,201 2,804 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 29,020
Based aircraft 70

Durango–La Plata County Airport (IATA: DRO[2]ICAO: KDROFAA LID: DRO) is a city- and county-owned public airport 12 miles southeast of Durango, in La Plata County, Colorado.[1]

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 134,386 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 148,077 in 2009 and 163,611 in 2010.[5]


Durango–La Plata County Airport was served during the 1990s by Reno Air with MD-80 flights from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[6]


The airport covers 1,281 acres (518 ha) at an elevation of 6,685 feet (2,038 m). Its one runway, 3/21, is 9,201 by 150 feet (2,804 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

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.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Denver
United Express Denver
US Airways Express Phoenix

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.

Several airlines flew mainline jets to Durango. American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80s flew to Dallas/Ft. 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/Ft. 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.

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 had ATR-42s, Beechcraft 1900Cs and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7s; Mesa Airlines operating as United Express had 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.[7]

Most flights now are turboprops or regional jets, the exception being Frontier Airlines Airbus A319s nonstop to Denver.[8] American Eagle, flying for American Airlines, has Embraer ERJ-140s and ERJ-145s nonstop to Dallas/Ft. Worth. 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. SkyWest Airlines (US Airways Express) Canadair CRJ-200s fly nonstop to Phoenix.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for DRO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (DRO: Durango / La Plata)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Frontier Airlines May 2013 timetable

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