Durango–La Plata County
Airport (IATA: DRO, ICAO: KDRO, FAA LID:
DRO) is a city- and county-owned public airport 12 miles southeast of
Durango, in La Plata County, Colorado.
The National Plan of Integrated
Airport Systems for 2011–2015
categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. Federal
Aviation Administration records say it had 134,386 passenger boardings
(enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 148,077 in 2009 and 163,611
2 Airlines and destinations
2.2 Historical airline service
3.1 Top destinations
4 Accidents and incidents
6 External links
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)
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.
Airlines and destinations
Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Seasonal: Los Angeles
The airport has three boarding gates, five plane stands, a
pre-security restaurant and a gift shop. It has free wi-fi internet
Historical airline service
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
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.
A number of regional and commuter airlines served DRO, mainly to
Aspen Airways flew
BAe 146-100 jets and
Convair 580 turboprops as an independent airline and later as United
Rocky Mountain Airways
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.
All flights now are regional jets. American Eagle, flying for American
Airlines, has nonstops to Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix on Canadair
United Express flights nonstop to Denver are flown on
Canadair CRJ-200, Canadair CRJ-700, or Embraer ERJ-145.
Busiest domestic routes from DRO (Nov 2016 – Oct 2017)
Los Angeles, California
Accidents and incidents
On January 19, 1988,
Trans-Colorado Airlines Flight 2286 crashed while
on approach to Durango-La Plata Airport. 9 of the 17 passengers and
crew on board are killed in the accident.
^ a b c d FAA
Airport Master Record for DRO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal
Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
Airport Code Search (DRO: Durango / La Plata)". International
Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
^ "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.
^ "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.
^ 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
^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats".
^ Plane Crash Kills Eight in Colo.; Survivors Hike Out
Airport page at City of Durango website
Durango–La Plata County
Airport (DRO) at
Colorado DOT airport
Aerial image as of September 1993 from
USGS The National Map
FAA Terminal Procedures for DRO, effective March 29, 2018
Resources for this airport:
FAA airport information for DRO
AirNav airport information for KDRO
ASN accident history for DRO
FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker
NOAA/NWS latest weather observations
SkyVector aeronautical chart, Termina