Montrose Regional Airport is a non-towered public airport which is located on the northwest side of Montrose.
Renovated and expanded Airport was dedicated on June 25, 1988, with Chuck Yeager cutting the ribbon. The terminal was designed by the local architect Patrick Davis. A centerpiece of the passenger seating area is a two-sided airport which has a tile floor patterned for travel and a high skylighted ceiling. The airport is busiest in the winter season, serving a lot of skiers who are headed to Telluride Ski Resort, an hour-and-a-half away by road. In the summer the airport is mostly serving tourism in the area. In 2019 besides the winter and summer seasons, only major airline flights were operated by United Express and American Eagle.
Montrose Regional is the closest airport with regularly scheduled mainline passenger jets to ski territories around Telluride.
Due to the rising demand and increased number of annual passenger traffic, Montrose Regional Airport made some reconstructions and expanded the passenger terminal by adding approximately 11 000 square feet and lengthening the terminal 80 feet to the south.
Montrose Regional Airport can be considered not only the fastest-growing airport in western Colorado, but its growth has been noted statewide for the past three years.
Currently, the airport is the biggest economic driver in Montrose County. Currently, the airport boasts direct flights to 12 major hub airport destinations. Enplanement and deplanement numbers have also significantly risen steadily at a rate of almost 5 percent annually.
The airport continues to expand and grow. An outdoor courtyard and baggage claim were added in 2017.
In 2018 the airport was hosting a very successful signature event called the Tribute to Aviation, which saw over 20 000 attendees.