Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport

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Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport
Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport.JPG
The terminal building in 2014.
Airport typePublic
OwnerCounty of Gunnison
ServesGunnison, Colorado
Elevation AMSL7,680 ft / 2,341 m
Coordinates38°32′02″N 106°55′59″W / 38.53389°N 106.93306°W / 38.53389; -106.93306Coordinates: 38°32′02″N 106°55′59″W / 38.53389°N 106.93306°W / 38.53389; -106.93306
GUC is located in Colorado
Location of airport in Colorado / United States
GUC is located in the United States
GUC (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 9,400 2,865 Asphalt
17/35 3,000 914 Turf/Gravel
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations7,632
Based aircraft25

Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport (IATA: GUC, ICAO: KGUC, FAA LID: GUC) is a county-owned, public airport one mile southwest of Gunnison, in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States.[1] Also known as Gunnison County Airport, it serves the valley and nearby Crested Butte, Colorado with airline and general aviation flights.

This airport is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[2] Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 36,035 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 42,130 in 2009 and 37,316 in 2010.[4]

Passengers at Gunnison are mainly vacationers coming to the area for year-round outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, hiking and camping. The terminal is one large building with two jetbridge gates, two ground-level gates, and a variety of rental car or shuttle bus companies. One baggage claim area in the lower lobby level houses a single carousel and a dedicated ski/oversize baggage slide. The airport sees limited regional jet service during the summer from Denver and Houston on United Express, however frequent larger aircraft service during winter months occurs from additional cities.

It is at 38°32′02″N 106°55′59″W / 38.53389°N 106.93306°W / 38.53389; -106.93306 at an elevation of 7678 feet or 2340 meters above mean sea level. U.S. 50 runs along the northwest side of the airport. Its close location is due in part to redevelopment of land formerly occupied by the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad and rail yards, abandoned in 1953.[5] Currecanti Recreation Area and Blue Mesa Reservoir is located nine (9) miles West of Gunnison. Also nearby is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Taylor Reservoir, and Roaring Judy fish hatchery. Numerous ghost towns and scenic drives are located throughout the region as well.

In the months after the September 11 attacks, Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport was one of several airports to have a temporary presence of National Guard.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

On short final landing on runway 24 at Gunnison airport

Gunnison–Crested Butte Regional Airport covers 1,600 acres (650 ha) and has two runways. The main runway, 6/24, has an asphalt pavement 9,400 by 150 ft (2,865 by 46 m) and is lighted during operational hours (0600-2230 MST). A second unpaved runway, 17/35, south of the main, is available to small aircraft in the summer; it has a turf and gravel surface 3,000 by 150 ft (914 by 46 m) and is open for daylight use only as it is unlighted.[1]

In the year ending January 1, 2012 the airport had 7,632 aircraft operations, average 20 per day: 88% general aviation, 11% scheduled commercial, and 1% military. 25 aircraft were then based at this airport: 84% single-engine and 16% multi-engine.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


American Airlines Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
United Airlines Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from GUC
(November 2016 – October 2017)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 12,760 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 12,590 American
3 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 4,250 United
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 1,770 United
5 Los Angeles, California 950 Alaska


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GUC (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Gunnison, CO Archived 2006-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference transtats was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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