Denver Metro-Front Range Airports
Colorado's Airport System includes 74 airports for private aircraft including 16 which are in the Denver Metro area and along the Front Range, from Fort Collins to Pueblo, and suitable for charter flights.
These 16 airports are used for private air charters of various sizes and types, and the most popular for private jet charter use in the region are; Centennial Airport, Rocky Mountain Metro, Fort Collins, Denver International, and Colorado Springs.
Those airports feature favorable locations across the region, good access for private jet charters and operators, developed airport facilities, and all have good FBO's for passenger comfort and convenience.
Centennial Airport (APA), Englewood, CO
Centennial Airport is a public use airport owned by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority in theDenver-Aurora metropolitan area, 15 nautical miles southeast of downtown Denver, Colorado, near the intersection of Interstate 25 and highway E-470.
Located in Dove Valley, it opened in 1967 as Arapahoe County Airport, and was renamed in 1984. The new name reflects Colorado’s admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876, the centennial of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Centennial Airport is at an elevation of 5,885 feet and has three asphalt runways: 17L/35R is 10,001 by 100 feet; 17R/35L is 7,000 by 77 feet; 10/28 is 4,800 by 75 feet.
In 2010 the airport had 283,186 aircraft operations, average 775 per day: 86% general aviation, 11% air taxi, and 3% military. 858 aircraft were then based at this airport: 67% single-engine, 16% multi-engine, 14% jet, and 2% helicopter.
Centennial Airport is the most popular airport for private jet charters in the Denver area, including turboprop charters. 56 charter aircraft are based on the field including Learjets, Hawkers, Guflstreams, Citations, King Airs and Pilatus PC-12.
Rocky Mountain Metro Airport (BJC), Broomfield, CO
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is a public-use airport located near Broomfield, Colorado. The airport is owned and operated by Jefferson County and is situated midway between Denver and Boulder on U.S. Highway 36. It is located sixteen miles northwest of the central business district of Denver, and is the closest airport to downtown Denver. The airport covers 1,700 acres (688 ha) and has three runways. Formerly known as Jefferson County Airport or Jeffco Airport, the airport was renamed Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in 2006 although it is sometimes referred to as Rocky Mountain Regional Airport.
It is home to a large general aviation population including a fair amount of corporate traffic and several flight schools. The airport's proximity to the nearby Interlocken business district contributes to its business traveler clientele. Two restaurants, Runway Grill and Blue Sky Bistro, are on the field, along with a pilot's lounge in the Denver Air FBO and a passenger terminal lobby.
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is at an elevation of 5,673 feet above sea level. It has three asphalt paved runways: 12L/30R is 9,000 by 100 feet; 12R/30L is 7,002 by 75 feet; 3/21 is 3,600 by 75 feet.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2013, the airport had 118,803 aircraft operations, an average of 325 per day: 95% general aviation, 4% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 360 aircraft based at this airport: 70% single-engine, 17% multi-engine, 9% jet, and 4% helicopter.
BJC is the second most popular airport for private jet charter activity. In addition, 11 charter aircraft are based on the field; 7 jets including Falcons and Citations, plus 3 King Air turboprops and a Kodiak Quest.
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (FNL), Fort Collins, CO
Fort Collins–Loveland Municipal Airport is a public use airport located nine miles southeast of the central business district of Fort Collins and northeast of Loveland, both cities in Larimer County, Colorado. It is mostly used for general aviation; scheduled passenger jet service operated by Allegiant Air nonstop to Las Vegas was discontinued in 2012.
The airport is situated west of Interstate 25 and about 55 miles north of Denver. It is most notable for serving the tourist areas of northern Colorado, such as the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is situated directly west of the airport. FNL primarily serves the Fort Collins–Loveland Metropolitan area located in Larimer County.
For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2012, the airport had 107,360 aircraft operations, an average of 294 per day: 96% general aviation, 3% air taxi, 1% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. At that time there were 237 aircraft based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 5% helicopter, 3% jet, 3% multi-engine, and <1% glider.
Fort Collins is the most Northern Colorado airport for jet charter. Two Gulfstream charter jets are based on the field.
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS), Colorado Springs, CO
City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, also known as Colorado Springs Airport, is a city-owned public civil-military airport 6 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, in El Paso County. It is the second busiest airport in the state. The airport is co-located with Peterson Air Force Base which is on the north side of runway 12/30.
The airport covers 7,200 acres and has three paved runways: 17L/35R, 13,501 x 150 ft., 17R/35L, 11,022 x 150 ft. and 12/30, 8,269 x 150 ft.
In the year ending September 30, 2013 the airport had 138,326 aircraft operations, an average of 378 per day: 58% general aviation, 18% air taxi, 14%scheduled commercial and 11% military. 292 aircraft were then based at the airport: 50% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, 12% jet, 1% helicopter and 16%military.
10 charter aircraft are based at COS including pistons, King Air and Learjets.
Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, CO
Denver International Airport often referred to as DIA, is an airport in Denver, Colorado. At 34,000 acres (53 sq mi), it is the largest airport in the United States by total land area. Runway 16R/34L, with a length of 16,000 feet, is the longest public use runway in the United States.
As of 2014, DIA was the 18th-busiest airport in the world and the 5th busiest in the United States by passenger traffic with over 53 million passengers. It also has the third largest domestic connection network in the country. 141 gates spread out over three detached, yet internally connected, concourses (A, B & C) helps to organize the high volume of passenger traffic.
DIA, because of its mostly large airline use and congestion, is not popular for private jet charter use and general aviation except when connecting with an airline flight. The field has one FBO - Signature Flight Support - on the field, which has a courtesy van service between the airline terminal and the FBO on request.
Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB), Pueblo, CO
Pueblo Memorial Airport is a public airport six miles east of Pueblo, in Pueblo County and approximately a 90 minute drive south of Denver. It is used for general aviation, private aircraft, private air and jet charters, and by one airline.
Pueblo Memorial Airport is at an elevation of 4,729 feet. It has three runways; 8R/26L is 10,498 by 150 feet, 17/35 is 8,310 by 150 feet and 8L/26R is 4,690 by 75 feet.
In the year ending January 1, 2011 the airport had 182,119 aircraft operations, average 498 per day: 95% general aviation, 3% air taxi, <1% airline, and 2% military. 120 aircraft were then based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 6% jet, and 1% glider.
Greeley-Weld County Airport (GXY), Greeley, CO
Greeley–Weld County Airport is a public use airport located three miles east of the central business district of Greeley, a city in Weld County, and is 40 miles north of Denver. It is owned by the Greeley–Weld County Airport Authority.
Greeley–Weld County Airport is at an elevation of 4,697 feet above sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 17/35 is 10,000 by 100 ft and 10/28 is 5,801 by 100 ft. It also has two helipads designated H1 and H2, each with concrete surface measuring 20 by 20 ft.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 143,000 aircraft operations, an average of 391 per day: 99% general aviation and 1% military. At that time there were 195 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 13% multi-engine, 2% jet, and 2% helicopter.
Front Range Airport (FTG), Aurora, CO
Front Range Airport is a public airport located on the northeastern edge of Aurora, Colorado, three miles southeast of Denver International Airport. It was owned by the Front Range Airport Authority, until 2014 when Front Range Airport and all its employees merged with Adams County and became its own Department. Front Range Airport serves the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Area.
Front Range is a small general aviation airport, although increased demand has warranted a number of expansion programs in recent years. The airport boasts the tallest general aviation control tower in the United States at 191 ft. Front Range airport serves as the base of a few flying schools, flight clubs, maintenance services, and air rescue training facilities. Due to its location on the flat plains of eastern Colorado, as well as generally cheaper aircraft rental rates, it is a very popular airport for both flight training and recreational flights. It is popular for private air and jet charters for the eastern part of Denver Metro.
Front Range Airport covers an area of 3,980 acres which contains two asphalt paved runways, 8/26 and 17/35, each measuring 8,000 by 100 ft.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 94,625 aircraft operations, an average of 259 per day: 99% general aviation, 1% air taxi and <1% military. There are 396 aircraft based at this airport: 84% single engine, 11% multi-engine, 4% ultralight, 1% helicopters and <1% jet aircraft.
Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, CO
Vance Brand Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Longmont, in Boulder County. The Airport is named after former NASA astronaut Vance Brand.
Vance Brand Airport is at an elevation of 5,055 feet above sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with a concrete surface measuring 4,800 by 75 feet, and is popular for piston and turboprop charters for the north-western Denver Metro area.
For the 12-month period ending August 28, 2008, the airport had 99,990 aircraft operations, an average of 273 per day: 99.9% general aviation and <0.1%military. At that time there were 281 aircraft based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 7% multi-engine, 1% jet, 3% helicopter and 6% ultralight.
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