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Montrose Regional Airport
|Elevation AMSL||5,759 ft / 1,755 m|
Montrose Regional Airport (IATA: MTJ, ICAO: KMTJ, FAA LID: MTJ) is a non-towered public airport on the northwest side of Montrose, in zip code 81401 in southwestern Colorado. Its two runways are at elevation 5,759 feet (1,755 m). MTJ covers 966 acres (391 ha) of land.
Monarch Airlines started flying to Montrose in the 1940s. Successor Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) flew to the present airport since the 1950s; the first jets were Frontier Boeing 737-200s in 1982 (runway 12/30 was then 8500 ft). Earlier, Frontier flew Convair 580s between Montrose and Denver.
An enhanced and expanded Montrose Regional Airport was dedicated on June 25, 1988, with Chuck Yeager cutting the ribbon. The airport terminal was designed by local architect Patrik Davis "to greet visitors with small-town hospitality. A two-sided fireplace is the centerpiece of the passenger seating area, which has a tile floor patterned with the Ute pictogram for travel and a high, skylighted ceiling of knotty pine. The walls are earthy, ground-face cinderblock, and natural-finished glue-laminated beams extend over wide walkways. The gable roof has skylights and dormers decorated with the Hopi good luck symbol."
Its runway 17/35 (10,000 feet in length) was built during the 1990s.
The airport is most busy during its winter season, serving many skiers headed to Telluride Ski Resort, an hour-and-a-half away by road; it is also busy serving summer tourism in the area. In 2019, outside the winter and summer seasons, the only major airline flights were United Express flights to Denver and American Eagle flights to Dallas/Fort Worth. Direct flights to Phoenix, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities are offered in peak seasons, with the most flights on Saturdays.
American's service to New York's LaGuardia Airport only operates on Saturdays in the winter, due to perimeter restrictions at LGA which are only lifted on Saturdays.
Montrose Regional is the nearest airport with regularly scheduled mainline passenger jets to ski areas around Telluride. Some direct service to Telluride's small airport was offered by Boutique Air in 2018, with Montrose serving as the alternative, backup destination when weather would close the high-elevation Telluride airport.
|Allegiant Air||Seasonal: Las Vegas, Los Angeles|
|American Airlines|| Dallas/Fort Worth|
Seasonal: ChicagoO'Hare, Los Angeles, New YorkLaGuardia (begins December 21, 2019), PhoenixSky Harbor
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Atlanta, Salt Lake City|
|United Airlines|| Denver|
Seasonal: ChicagoO'Hare, HoustonIntercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||32,970||American|
|3||ChicagoO'Hare, Illinois||14,970||American, United|
|5||Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona||9,700||American|
|6||Los Angeles, California||4,600||Allegiant, American, United|
|8||San Francisco, California||2,170||United|
|9||Newark, New Jersey||2,140||United|
|10||Charlotte, North Carolina||1,450||American|
Montrose Regional Airport remodeled and expanded the passenger terminal adding 10,935 sq. ft. by lengthening the terminal 80 feet to the south. The expansion added space for passenger check in, larger departure lounge, and space at the security checkpoint.
In the year ending December 31, 2017, the airport had 36,550 aircraft operations, average 100 per day: 19% air carrier , <1% air taxi , 75% general aviation and 5% military. At the time there was 81 aircraft based at MTJ, 59 single engine, 13 multi engine, 2 jet, 3 helicopters, 3 gliders and 1 ultra light.
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