The airport was on the mainline route of Continental Airlines between Denver and El Paso that included stops in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad, Raton, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Socorro, Truth or Consequences, and Las Cruces. The route began in 1934 originally by Varney Speed Lines and changed to Continental in 1937 using Lockheed Vega, Electra, and Lodestar aircraft. There was an interruption in service for a while during the late 1930s but Continental returned with DC-3 aircraft until suspending service in 1952 due to airport conditions. Another carrier, Pioneer Airlines served Las Vegas with DC-3's from 1948 through 1952 on that carrier's route between Albuquerque and Dallas that included stops at Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Tucumcari, Clovis, Lubbock, Abilene, Mineral Wells, and Ft. Worth. Two smaller commuter airlines have also made brief visits to Las Vegas, NM: Trans Central Airlines in 1969/1970 with flights to Albuquerque and Denver on a route similar to that of Continental, and Territorial Airlines in 1990 with flights to Albuquerque and Raton, NM.
The airport covers 1,300 acres (530 ha) and has two asphaltrunways: 2/20 is 5,004 x 75 ft (1,525 x 23 m) and 14/32 is 8,198 x 75 ft (2,499 x 23 m).
In the year ending April 11, 2006 the airport had 11,350 aircraft operations, average 31 per day: 97% general aviation and 3% military. 14 aircraft were then based at this airport: 86% single-engine, 7% multi-engine and 7% jet.