30 years ago, this community made an investment in an airport to provide the entire region with adequate air transportation services and extra revenue. In November, residents will again decide whether or not to support this asset.
The Durango-La Plata County Airport’s
5th Busiest airport in the state
1,858 in La Plata County and 788 spread across the region
Includes jobs the airport directly provides and those that exist from provided supplies, increased tourism, etc.
of General Economic Activity
Driving $4.68 million or 4.7 percent of tax revenue collected for the county
Total local and state taxes generated by the airport is $13.4 million per year
$282 million per year, $94.5 million toward payroll
Total impact & economic contribution to the communities the airport serves
The airport spends about $3.4 million each year on facility maintenance, management and improvements that give local construction workers jobs.
Spending by airport visitors generates $43 million.
Why a new terminal?
The airport serves 2X the number of passengers it is designed to serve.
The terminal receives
The passenger check in areas are half the recommended size (1,414 sq ft. vs. 2,850 sq ft.)
Only 2 checked baggage feeding machines to load luggage on planes
Office space for two of the airlines is unheated former storage areas
Security screening area is less than advised (1,377 sq ft. vs. 8,700 sq ft.)
Original passenger waiting area is cramped (2,812 sq ft. vs. 11,554 sq ft.)
Even with tent addition waiting area of 4500 sq ft. (7,312 sq ft. vs. 11,554 sq ft.)
The 1 baggage carousel is overloaded
Parking is maxed out
Airlines are favoring larger, more efficient & quiet planes that the current terminal can’t handle.
Adding the tent took away airline parking space, now only accommodates four small planes
Need space to park five large planes
No room for third airline which could reduce ticket costs