Montrose Regional Airport

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Montrose Regional Airport

Montrose Regional Airport logo.jpg
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The entrance sign with the terminal building in the background
Airport typePublic
OperatorMontrose County
LocationMontrose, Colorado
Elevation AMSL5,759 ft / 1,755 m
Coordinates38°30′35.26″N 107°53′39.27″W / 38.5097944°N 107.8942417°W / 38.5097944; -107.8942417 Edit this at Wikidata
MTJ is located in Colorado
Location of airport in Colorado / United States
MTJ is located in the United States
MTJ (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
13/31 7,510 2,289 Asphalt

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.[1]

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."[2]

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;[3] 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 their hub at 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,[4] with Montrose serving as the alternative, backup destination when weather would close the high-elevation Telluride airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Allegiant Air Seasonal: Las Vegas, Los Angeles
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Charlotte, New York–LaGuardia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta
JetBlue Seasonal: Boston, Los Angeles, New York–JFK (all begin December 19, 2020)[5]
Southwest Airlines Seasonal: Dallas–Love, Denver (both begin December 19, 2020)[6]
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Newark
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MTJ
(August 2019 – July 2020)
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Denver, Colorado 39,910 United, Southwest
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 36,710 American
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 16,690 American, United
4 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 8,060 United
5 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 6,460 American
7 Atlanta, Georgia 4,710 Delta
6 Newark, New Jersey 3,850 United
8 Los Angeles, California 3,550 Allegiant, American, United, JetBlue
9 San Francisco, California 2,260 United
10 New York–LaGuardia, New York 720 American

2010-2011 terminal project[edit]

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 operations[edit]

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 were 81 aircraft based at MTJ, 59 single-engine, 13 multi-engine, two jets, three helicopters, three gliders and one ultra-light.[1]

Major accidents near MTJ[edit]

  • On April 13, 1973, a Continental Airlines North American Sabreliner on a positioning flight crashed shortly after takeoff when a thrust reverser deployed in flight, and both occupants on board were killed.[8]
  • 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 crew members and one passenger died.[9]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Form 5010 for MTJ PDF, effective April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Thomas J. Noel. "Montrose Regional Airport". SAH Archipedia. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Google maps reports 1 hour 31 minutes drive in good weather conditions.
  4. ^ "Boutique Air Launches Flights to Telluride Airport". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
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  7. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. January 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Accident description for N743R at the Aviation Safety Network
  9. ^ Accident description for N873G at the Aviation Safety Network

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