The Info List - Durango-La Plata County Airport

Durango–La Plata County Airport
(IATA: DRO[2], ICAO: KDRO, FAA LID: DRO) is a city- and county-owned public airport 12 miles southeast of Durango, in La Plata County, Colorado.[1] The National Plan of Integrated Airport
Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport.[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say it had 134,386 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[4] 148,077 in 2009 and 163,611 in 2010.[5]


1 Facilities 2 Airlines and destinations

2.1 Passenger 2.2 Historical airline service

3 Statistics

3.1 Top destinations

4 Accidents and incidents 5 References 6 External links

Facilities[edit] 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) asphalt.[1] 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.[1] Airlines and destinations[edit] Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations

American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor Seasonal: Los Angeles

United Airlines Denver

The airport has three boarding gates, five plane stands, a pre-security restaurant and a gift shop. It has free wi-fi internet terminal-wide. Historical airline service[edit] 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
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.[6] A number of regional and commuter airlines served DRO, mainly to Denver. Aspen Airways
Aspen Airways
flew British Aerospace
British Aerospace
BAe 146-100
BAe 146-100
jets and Convair 580
Convair 580
turboprops as an independent airline and later as United Express; Rocky Mountain Airways
Rocky Mountain Airways
flying as Continental Express
Continental Express
operated ATR-42s, Beechcraft 1900Cs and de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7s; Mesa Airlines operating as United Express
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
Continental Express
with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners.[7] All flights now are regional jets. American Eagle, flying for American Airlines, has nonstops to Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix on Canadair CRJ-900. United Express
United Express
flights nonstop to Denver are flown on Canadair CRJ-200, Canadair CRJ-700, or Embraer ERJ-145. Statistics[edit] Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from DRO (Nov 2016 – Oct 2017)[8]

Rank City Passengers Carriers

1 Denver, Colorado 91,280 United

2 Dallas, Texas 56,620 American

3 Phoenix, Arizona 39,490 American

4 Los Angeles, California 600 American

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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.[9]


^ a b c d FAA Airport
Master Record for DRO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012. ^ "IATA 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.  ^ http://www.routemapsonline.com ^ 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

External links[edit]

page at City of Durango website Durango–La Plata County Airport
(DRO) at Colorado DOT
Colorado DOT
airport directory 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