Durango–La Plata County Airport

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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 / United States
DRO is located in the US
DRO (the US)
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: KDRO, FAA 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]


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]


American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Los Angeles
United Airlines Denver

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[edit]

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.[6]

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.[7]

All flights now are regional jets. American Eagle, flying for American Airlines, has nonstops to Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix on Canadair CRJ-900. United Express flights nonstop to Denver are flown on Canadair CRJ-200, Canadair CRJ-700, or Embraer ERJ-145.


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from DRO (Nov 2016 – Oct 2017)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 91,280 United
2 Dallas, Texas 56,620 American
3 Phoenix, Arizona 39,490 American
4 Los Angeles, California 600 American

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  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). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.routemapsonline.com
  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. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats". 
  9. ^ Plane Crash Kills Eight in Colo.; Survivors Hike Out

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