Yampa Valley Airport
Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Aerial view, December 2004
|Elevation AMSL||6,606 ft / 2,014 m|
Yampa Valley Regional Airport (IATA: HDN, ICAO: KHDN, FAA LID: HDN) is in Routt County, Colorado, two miles southeast of Hayden and about 25 miles (40 km) west of Steamboat Springs. Also known as Yampa Valley Regional Airport, it has the only scheduled passenger flights to northwest Colorado. It is also used by larger business jets that cannot use the smaller Steamboat Springs Airport (Bob Adams Field).
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 called it a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 136,600 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 122,480 in 2009 and 110,044 in 2010.
The Yampa Valley Airport recently completed Phase II of a project that expanded the terminal, apron and parking lots. The project will cost about $18 million. The airport has six gates that can handle Boeing 757s, Boeing 737s, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, Airbus A319s, Canadair CRJ 200s, CRJ 700s and Embraer 170s. Like other Colorado airports that serve ski resorts, there are no jetbridges, only open air airstairs. The private ramp can handle up to 30 private jets. In the winter months larger private jets such as the Boeing 737 cannot be parked due to lack of space and must depart after deplaning passengers.
The airport has no Air Traffic Control Tower. All aircraft are on a CTAF (123.0) and/or Unicom. All aircraft receive approach control services from the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center. Gates and aircraft parking slots can be assigned via the airport operation radio communication channel. Jet A fuel is provided by the FBO (fixed-base operator), Atlantic Aviation. All aircraft departing runway 28 make a right or left turn to avoid the populated area of Hayden. Runway 10 has an Instrument Landing System (ILS). Snow and low ceilings during winter months cause some aircraft to divert to other airports including Denver International Airport.
In the year ending January 1, 2011 the airport had 9,677 aircraft operations, average 26 per day: 45% general aviation, 28% scheduled airline, 26% air taxi, and <1% military. Four aircraft were then based at this airport: three single-engine and one multi-engine.
The airport has two ARFF trucks in the operations garage that are run by full-time and seasonal firefighters. They operate ARFF index C from December to March, and ARFF index B from April to November. The ARFF trucks are staffed by firefighters when a scheduled flight is arriving or departing with more than 10 passengers. Local fire departments, like The North Routt Fire Protection District and the West Routt Fire Protection District, can respond to the airport if mutual aid is needed. Transportation can be provided by local taxi companies and the public bus.
Airlines and destinations
|Alaska Airlines||Seasonal: San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma|||
|American Airlines||Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth|
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|JetBlue Airways||Seasonal: Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach|||
|United Airlines|| Denver|
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||15,820||American|
|5||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||9,760||American, United|
|6||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||5,700||Delta|
|7||Los Angeles, California||3,180||United|
|8||Newark, New Jersey||2,640||United|
|5||Delta Air Lines||22,940||10.98%|
All seasonal flights during ski season begin in December and end in April. The only year-round scheduled flights are to Denver International Airport by SkyWest flying as United Express with CRJ-700s and by Republic Airlines, also United Express, with Bombardier Q400s. Mainline jets operated by the three major airlines during ski season include the Airbus A319 and A320 as well as the Boeing 737-800 and 757-200.
Historical airline service
Airlines at the airport in the past include America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). The first jets were American Airlines Boeing 727-200s and PSA McDonnell Douglas MD-80s in winter 1986-87. America West flew seasonal Boeing 737-200s nonstop to Phoenix. Before merging with United, Continental Boeing 757-200s, 767-200s and 737-700s nonstops to Newark on winter weekends. Northwest, which later merged with Delta, flew nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Pacific Southwest flew weekend nonstops to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), PSA's only scheduled flights from Colorado. During the early 2000s, Delta flew nonstop to Cincinnati during the winter until 2008-2009.
Before jets, Yampa Valley Airport was served by Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) Convair 580s, primarily to Denver. Frontier's flights appeared in the Official Airline Guide in November 1966; it appears the airport opened earlier that year as it is not listed in the 1966 AOPA directory.
- "Yampa Valley Regional Airport". Routt County. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- FAA Airport Master Record for HDN ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (HDN: Hayden / Yampa Valley)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "Alaska Airlines". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "ASA Route Map". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "JetBlue adds three new cities in West, but trims at Long Beach". USA TODAY.
- http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=HDN&Airport_Name=Hayden, CO: Yampa Valley&carrier=FACTS
- http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1988 America West Airlines route map
- http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide
- Yampa Valley Regional Airport 
- Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) at Colorado DOT airport directory
- Atlantic Aviation , the fixed-base operator (FBO)
- Aerial image as of September 1999 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for HDN, effective January 31, 2019
- Resources for this airport:
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