Durango-La Plata County Airport (IATA: DRO: ICAO: KDRO, FAA LID: DRO) is a regional airport for northwest New Mexico, southwest Colorado, and the entire Four Corners Region. The DRO airport serves Durando, Colorado. DRO airport is a public airport, and it is owned and operated by the City of Durango and La Plata County.
In 2015, Durango-La Plata County Airport was recognized as a primary commercial service airport. According to the records, DRO airport had 134,386 passenger boardings in 2008, 148,077 in 2009, and 163,611 passenger boardings in 2010.
Durango-La Plata County Airport covers 1.281 acres, at an elevation of 6,685. DRO Country Airport The DRO runway is 9,200 feet long by 150 feet wide.
DRO airport had 29,020 aircraft operations, an average of 79 per day In 2011.
DRO is served by American Airlines and United Airlines, offering daily nonstop routes to and Phoenix (PHX), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN). Also, Seasonal courses include Houston (IAH), Chicago (ORD), and Los Angeles (LAX).
Durango-La Plata County Airport handled over 390,000 passengers in 2019, and DRO contributes $293 million annually to the regional economy.
On November 27, 1946, the first scheduled airline service to the La Plata County Airport began, when Monarch Airlines launched flights to Denver with stops at Monte Vista, Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1947, new routes were added to Salt Lake City and Albuquerque, each making several stops en route. Durango became a connecting hub for three ways. In 1950, a new path to Phoenix was added, which was making five stops. By that time, Convair 340 aircraft and new nonstop flights were added from Durango to Denver.
In mid-1983, Colorado Airlinesbegan Durango service with service to Denver.
From December 2001, American eaglebegan serving Durango from Dallas/Fort Worth.