Telluride Regional Airport

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Telluride Regional Airport


TEX is located in Colorado
TEX (Colorado)
Location of the Airport in Colorado
Airport type Public
Owner Telluride Regional Airport Authority
Serves Telluride, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 9,070 ft / 2,767 m
Coordinates 37°57′14″N 107°54′31″W / 37.95389°N 107.90861°W / 37.95389; -107.90861Coordinates: 37°57′14″N 107°54′31″W / 37.95389°N 107.90861°W / 37.95389; -107.90861
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 7,111 2,167 Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 26,709
Based aircraft 42
Sources: airport website[1] and FAA[2]

Telluride Regional Airport (IATA: TEXICAO: KTEXFAA LID: TEX) is a public airport six miles west of Telluride, in San Miguel County, Colorado. It is owned by the Telluride Regional Airport Authority. At an elevation of 9,078 feet (2767 m) above sea level,[2] it was the highest commercial airport in North America with scheduled passenger flights until Great Lakes Airlines ended service in 2014.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Telluride Regional Airport covers 542 acres (219 ha) and has one runway, 9/27, 6,911 by 100 feet (2,106 by 30 m).[2] The runway is on a plateau and still dips slightly in the center, although the dip was more pronounced prior to a renovation in 2009. It can be a challenging but beautiful[3] approach for pilots. During winter months, about 20%[citation needed] of the scheduled commuter airline flights end up diverting to other airports because of abruptly adverse landing conditions. This is not unusual since other mountain airports like Sun Valley have similar statistics.[4] When flying to the Telluride Regional Airport, pilots must be aware of unique issues impacting the airfield including high terrain exceeding 14,000 feet (4,300 m), as well as the airport's location on a plateau with a thousand-foot (300 m) drop to the San Miguel River below.[5]

In the year ending April 30, 2007 the airport had 26,709 aircraft operations, average 73 per day: 53% air taxi, 35% general aviation and 12% scheduled commercial. 42 aircraft were then based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 7% jet, 2% helicopter and 10% glider.[2]

Historical Airline Service[edit]

During the late 1980s, Rocky Mountain Airways operating as Continental Express on behalf of Continental Airlines was flying 50-passenger seat de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops nonstop to Denver (DEN) and Aspen (ASE).[6] The four engine, STOL capable Dash 7 was the largest aircraft ever to provide scheduled passenger service into Telluride. By the 1990s, the airport had winter nonstop passenger flights to Denver, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Mesa Airlines operating Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia and Beechcraft 1900 turboprops flew nonstop to Denver as United Express and to Phoenix as US Airways Express. Later US Airways Express services to Phoenix were flown with de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprops as the EMB-120s were retired. SkyWest Airlines operating as the Delta Connection flew nonstop Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia service to Los Angeles (LAX). StatesWest Airlines flew Beechcraft 1900C turboprops flew nonstop to Laughlin, NV/Bullhead City, AZ with continuing service to Los Angeles. Great Lakes Airlines flew Beechcraft 1900Ds nonstop to Denver; however, Great Lakes then discontinued all service to Telluride on September 16, 2014.[7] The airport has never had scheduled airline jet service although private business jets do operate into the Telluride Regional Airport. Scheduled passenger airline service is available at the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) and also at Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO).


Between April 7 and November 4 of 2009 the Telluride runway was closed for a $24 million runway renovation. The west end of the runway was lowered 30 feet, and the east end 14 ft. The material removed was placed in the center, removing the notorious dip in the middle of the runway. In addition, 41 feet of length was added to the runway and retaining walls were built on the side. In 2010, crews widened the airfield's safety areas from 150 feet to 250 feet, installed an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) and finished ancillary aspects of the projects. Work on the EMAS was scheduled at night to prevent disrupting operations. These are designed in part to allow larger aircraft to utilize the airport.[8]

Media appearances[edit]

Telluride Regional Airport is the destination in the "Telluride Landing" mission supplied with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.


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