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]

Montrose Regional Airport
Montrose Regional Airport logo.jpg
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

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.

American'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.

Terminal at Montrose

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Allegiant Air Seasonal: Las Vegas, Los Angeles
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia (begins December 21, 2019), Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Atlanta, Salt Lake City
United Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest Domestic Routes from MTJ
(January 2018 – December 2018)
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Denver, Colorado 48,840 United
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 32,970 American
3 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 14,970 American, United
4 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 10,600 United
5 Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Arizona 9,700 American
7 Atlanta, Georgia 4,670 Delta
6 Los Angeles, California 4,600 Allegiant, American, United
8 San Francisco, California 2,170 United
9 Newark, New Jersey 2,140 United
10 Charlotte, North Carolina 1,450 American

2010-2011 Terminal ProjectEdit

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 OperationsEdit

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 was 81 aircraft based at MTJ, 59 single engine, 13 multi engine, 2 jet, 3 helicopters, 3 gliders and 1 ultra light.[1]

Major accidents near MTJEdit

  • On April 13, 1973, a Continental Airlines North American Sabreliner on a positioning flight crashed shortly after takeoff when a thrust reverser deployed inflight, both occupants on board were killed.[3]
  • 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 crewmembers and one passenger died.[4]


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for MTJ (Form 5010 PDF), effective April 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. January 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Accident description for N743R at the Aviation Safety Network
  4. ^ Accident description for N873G at the Aviation Safety Network

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