City of Durango Homepage link

News Flash

City of Durango News Flash

Posted on: January 25, 2024

DRO experiences record passenger traffic in 2023

Airport Winter NR Image

Durango, CO:  2023 was officially the busiest on record for airline passenger traffic at Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO), with 431,828 passengers corresponding to an 8.7% increase over the prior record set in 2021.

Total airline traffic was also a significant 17.7% higher than passenger traffic in 2022, when the runway was closed for 10 days for repaving.  

airpot passanger traffic 2023

 "We were excited to welcome a record number of passengers in 2023,” Aviation Director Tony Vicari said. “Whether travelers were flying to see family and friends, take an important business trip, or were leaving on that long-awaited vacation, the team at DRO was proud to help get them there safely and efficiently. This record airline traffic highlights the strength of our market and the continuing demand for air service in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners.” 

Overall airline seat capacity was up 19% from 2022 levels, with both American Airlines and United Airlines adding significant year-over-year seat capacity into the market. United Airlines was the narrow market share leader at DRO in 2023, carrying 51% of passengers. American Airlines carried the remaining 49% of passengers. Load factors, or the percentage of seats sold, finished at 79%, even with the figure from 2022. 

In addition to the increase in airline seat capacity, during 2023:

  • American Airlines offered additional flight frequencies to both Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). United Airlines restored summer seasonal flights to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and increased average aircraft size by introducing new daily service on a larger Airbus A319 aircraft.  
  • While still below pre-pandemic levels, business travel to and from the region experienced a more significant recovery. Heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, business travel was heavily suppressed from 2020-2021, began to recover slightly in 2022, and edged higher in 2023. 
  • A strong local and regional economy, along with sustained demand for inbound visitation to the area helped to facilitate the increase in airline passenger numbers. 

“This record passenger traffic comes as construction on the first phase of the terminal development program at DRO swiftly moves towards completion in 2024. Higher numbers of passengers and larger aircraft result in added demands on our terminal facilities, and we feel confident that our terminal development plans will allow our airline partners to effectively evolve and grow in the market while also meeting the demands of travelers.” 

Durango airport taxiway

About Durango-La Plata County Airport

Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO) is the primary regional airport for Southwest Colorado, Northwest New Mexico, and the entire Four Corners region. DRO welcomed over 430,000 total passengers in 2023 and contributes over $290 million annually to the regional economy. DRO is served by two major U.S. airlines (American and United), offering year-round daily nonstop routes to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Denver (DEN), and Phoenix (PHX), and seasonally to Houston (IAH). 

DRO operates as an enterprise fund of the City of Durango and generates self-sustaining revenue from airport tenants and users in the form of airline rent and landing fees, terminal concessions, ground leases, and parking fees. The airport does not receive any local tax funding. 

Learn more about the Durango-La Plata County Airport at Follow us on social media at and

Do you have a comment, question or suggestion regarding this topic or others? --------------------> Check out our "Connect and Engage" webpage and let us know!
Want to receive releases like this on city news? ------------------------------------------------------> Sign up at Notify Me and select "City of Durango News Flash."

News Flash iconFacebookInstagramX Logo





City of Durango logoMedia Contact
Tom Sluis
Public Information Officer 
Phone: (970) 375-5090


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City of Durango News Flash

Jennifer Rivera 911

911 dispatcher assists in two births

Posted on: February 21, 2024
Phone Outage 518x518

UPDATE: 911 phone service back to normal

Posted on: February 7, 2024
connect and engage forum

Engage Durango public forum

Posted on: January 23, 2024

Celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day

Posted on: January 18, 2024

Durango sees uptick in counterfeit bills

Posted on: January 16, 2024
Smoke visible downtown from controlled burn by federal agencies

Smoke in area from controlled burns

Posted on: January 10, 2024
Snow Routes sign

Snow routes in effect for Durango

Posted on: January 7, 2024
Mattehw Margeson

City swears in new Municipal Court judge

Posted on: December 20, 2023

City of Durango Christmas holiday schedule

Posted on: December 18, 2023
Xmas Trees

Christmas tree drop-off and recycling

Posted on: December 13, 2023

City website gets a fresh coat of paint

Posted on: December 9, 2023
city hall

Council adopts 2024 budget

Posted on: December 5, 2023
city hall

Council to vote on 2024 budget

Posted on: December 1, 2023
Snow Removal Durango Central District

Snow Removal in Downtown Durango tonight

Posted on: November 30, 2023
Engage Forum 11-28

Engage Durango public forum

Posted on: November 15, 2023
veterans day image with flag

City of Durango Veterans Day schedule

Posted on: November 3, 2023
city hall

Council to review community survey

Posted on: November 3, 2023

Free woodchips available

Posted on: October 26, 2023
Call of Artists

A call for artists

Posted on: October 20, 2023
Street Name

Help the city name a street

Posted on: October 6, 2023
2023 Multimodal Safe Routes to School

Bicycle events for area students planned

Posted on: September 25, 2023

Street painting on Main begins Monday

Posted on: September 22, 2023
Call to Artists

A Call to Artists

Posted on: December 29, 2022

Slash piles to burn in Dalla Mountain Park

Posted on: December 14, 2022
Government Websites by CivicPlus®
Arrow Left Arrow Right
Slideshow Left Arrow Slideshow Right Arrow