Colorado Springs Airport Information
Colorado Springs Airport offers flights on six different airlines to and from 10 cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC.
Colorado Springs Airport is city-owned airport just south of the city of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also known as the City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, the jointly run civilian/military airport serves host to Peterson Air Force Base.
The airport was originally built in 1927, with a square-mile of air field and two gravel runways. In its early days, the airport offered daily flights to El Paso, Texas, Pueblo and Denver on a loop. In 1940, the airport expanded, adding an art deco style terminal.
Just two short years later, the field was taken over by the US military in the lead-up to World War II, as many small airports around the country were. Following the war, the airport returned to municipal hands, but the military maintained a presence, which they have kept to this day.
A new terminal was added in 1966 and expanded numerous times throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1994, another new terminal was opened, the old one having been outgrown despite the expansions. When the new terminal opened there were three runways at the airport, including the longest runway in the state (at the time), measuring 13,501 feet.
Throughout the expansion period of the 1970s through the 1990s, the airport was increasingly adding new services including flights to more and more cities throughout the United States. In terms of passenger counts, the airport peaked in 1996 when almost 5 million people flew either into or out of Colorado Springs Airport.
Part of the reason for the number of passengers at the time was that the airport was a hub for Western Pacific Airlines. The new-bankrupt airline moved out of Colorado Springs and into Denver International Airport in late 1996, though. This proved to be a major decrease in passenger traffic for Colorado Springs.
The airport didn't give up, though. In fact, the airport's main terminal began a major renovation project in 2011. Once completed it will include a new TSA checkpoint, automatic baggage checking, a new office and new ticket counters.
The airport offers non-stop service to 11 U.S. cities, from which passengers can directly fly to nearly any city in the US, Canada, Eastern Europe and Asia.