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

ECONOMIC IMPACT

5th Busiest airport in the state

2,646

Jobs Total

  • 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.

$161.1 million

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

$3.4 million

The airport spends about $3.4 million each year on facility maintenance, management and improvements that give local construction workers jobs.

$43 million

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 F ratings because:

  • 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

Federal government could pick up half the cost!