Airport Fast Facts


Centennial Airport is a general aviation airport, meaning the airport has no scheduled commercial airline traffic

The airport has three runways; the longest being 10,000 feet long (RWY17L/25R)

Use of Centennial Airport runways is limited by weight. Current weight limit is 75,000 pounds. Aircraft exceeding this limit must have special permission

The airport is the only general aviation airport in the state to have a 24/7 FAA-staffed air traffic control tower

Centennial Airport is home to seven flight schools and multiple medevac companies


Centennial Airport (then Arapahoe County Airport) opened to the public May 12, 1968.


Centennial Airport is owned and operated by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, a political subdivision. 

By the Numbers:

$1.39B Annual economic impact generated by Centennial Airport

$427M Annual payroll supported by Centennial Airport businesses*

$33M Estimated annual taxes paid by Centennial Airport and associated businesses to local municipal and county partners*

340,000 Annual operations (take-offs and landings) each year, making it one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation

7,200+ Full and part-time jobs, many of them skilled, supported by Centennial Airport*

27% The portion of Colorado's GDP that is generated by Centennial Airport, its tenants and surrounding business parks in the South Metro Denver area

24/7 Centennial Airport is an international airport and has on-demand U.S. Customs service, and is a secure gateway to Reagan National Airport (DCA)

14 The number of time Centennial Airport has won the Balchen/Post Award for excellence in snow and ice removal. (11 wins, 3 honorable mentions)

$0 Centennial Airport accepts NO LOCAL TAX  DOLLARS. Centennial Airport is self-sustaining, and is 100% user supported

HQ Centennial Airport supports world headquarters for Liberty Media, Starz, the Anschutz Corp., EchoStar, RE/MAX, Arrow Electronics, Western Union and others

* SOURCE: Colorado Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, 2013 Economic Impact Study