COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) is looking for community feedback on the 20-Year Master Plan.
The plan outlines several projects to improve and expand the airport over the next two decades. This comes as the COS airport is seeing a surge. Passenger numbers are the highest so far this year that they’ve been since 2001, partly fueled by new direct Southwest Airlines flights in and out of COS.
“This is a big difference. A lot of growth. And we anticipate more growth in the coming years. We’re not going to be building until we know for sure we have funding available and we can do it without raising the costs for our passengers,” said Greg Phillips, COS Director of Aviation.
The airport is finalizing its 20-Year Master Plan process and the community is invited to attend a virtual Community Open House on June 29 at 6 p.m. to give their input on the future of the Airport and provide comments on the Plan. You can also submit comments on coloradospringsairportmasterplan.com
Plans call for renovating concourse and concession spaces, and doubling the number of gates. Early phases in construction in the coming years will add three new gates. A total of 12 gates will be added over time.
“We would look at that probably toward the end of the 20 year period, which gives us time to do additional planning to see how capacity actually grows and what the real demand is,” said Phillips.
Expanding security and baggage areas, along with adding covered parking, are also being looked at in the plans.
“We’ve looked at solar covered parking ways to do that. It is not economically sensible for us to build a parking garage. We don’t have congestion issues, but we do want to provide cover parking ,” said Phillips.
Working with the Airport’s partners at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State Division of Aeronautics, the plan also identifies potential funding opportunities to meet these growing needs. The proposed improvements will occur when the demand necessitates the need and will be balanced with financial considerations.
“Planning for our future facilities and infrastructure in a thoughtful and strategic manner will allow us to continue meeting community needs in a fiscally responsible manner. As our passenger growth trends remain strong, we are excited about the future of our Airport and the economic benefit it brings to our region,” said Phillips.
For more information about the Master Plan meeting and process, visit coloradospringsairportmasterplan.com where you will find meeting links, draft documents, and other related information about the Plan and the upcoming Open House.