Montrose Regional Airport

Montrose Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Montrose County
Location Montrose, Colorado
Elevation AMSL 5,759 ft / 1,755 m
Coordinates 38°30′35.26″N 107°53′39.27″W / 38.5097944°N 107.8942417°W / 38.5097944; -107.8942417
Location of airport in Colorado / United States
MTJ (the US)
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. Runway 17/35 (10,000 feet in length) was built during the 1990s.

Except for United Express flights to Denver and American Eagle flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, flights operate from MTJ only during the winter.

United'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 destinations


Allegiant Air Seasonal: Las Vegas, Los Angeles
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, Salt Lake City
United Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, San Francisco

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from MTJ
(Nov 2016 – Oct 2017)
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Denver, Colorado 48,940 Allegiant, United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 27,570 American
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 13,110 American, United
4 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona 9,810 American
5 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 9,570 United
6 Atlanta, Georgia 4,290 Delta
7 Los Angeles, California 4,150 Allegiant, American, United
8 Newark, New Jersey 2,370 United
9 San Francisco, California 1,610 United
10 New York-LaGuardia, New York 1,160 United

2010-2011 Terminal Project

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.


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