Montrose Regional Airport
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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.
Montrose Regional Airport
|Elevation AMSL||5,759 ft / 1,755 m|
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. Runway 17/35 (10,000 feet in length) was built during the 1990s.
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 scheduled mainline passenger jets to ski areas around Telluride.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Allegiant Air||Seasonal: Las Vegas, Los Angeles|
|American Airlines|| Dallas/Fort Worth|
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia (begins December 21, 2019), Phoenix–Sky Harbor
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Atlanta, Salt Lake City|
|United Airlines|| Denver|
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||32,970||American|
|3||Chicago–O'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|
2010-2011 Terminal ProjectEdit
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.
Based Aircraft and OperationsEdit
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.
Major accidents near MTJEdit
- On April 13, 1973, a Continental Airlines North American Sabreliner on a positioning flight crashed shortly after takeoff when a thrust reverser deployed inflight, both occupants on board were killed.
- On November 28, 2004, a Global Aviation Canadair CL-600 with six occupants on board crashed shortly after takeoff due to ice and snow contamination on the wings, two crewmembers and one passenger died.
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