Starting next week the Durango-La Plata Airport is closing to all travel for necessary repairs.
By Sarah Flower
The 10-day closure at Durango La Plata County Airport is on track to start just after the Labor Day weekend on September 7, and run through the 16th. The $12.7 million project will close the runway to all fixed wing aircraft, takeoffs and landings, including commercial airline firefighting, and emergency medical operations. Tony Vircari is the aviation director for the airport. He says while he recognizes the impacts are great, it's necessary for safety and hopefully we'll have no other issues. For the next 10 years
As travel numbers have picked back up to 2019 levels for carry says the closure is also expected to have a substantial financial hit across the region,
According to the Vircari construction crews will be working 24/7 to complete the runway repaving project in that 10 day timeframe. Airlines are expected to continue their travel schedules starting on September 17. For those that may be in need of travel in that 10 day time period. There are other airports throughout the region, including commercial airline service at Cortez Municipal Airport, Montrose Regional Airport and Albuquerque International Sunport