Colorado Springs Airport (COS), also known as Colorado’s small airport, has experienced some big growth in the last few years. COS saw more than 2 million total passengers travel through the terminal in 2022 and tallied the highest level of enplanements in 22 years. And things aren’t slowing down in 2023, as COS will begin a modernization project.
The touted growth in traffic can be attributed to the expansion of air service out of Colorado Springs Airport. Southwest Airlines joined COS in March of 2021, becoming the airport’s largest carrier overnight. Other carriers including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have increased capacity by utilizing larger, mainline aircraft or adding more daily flights to their schedule.
More options are forecasted for 2023, as COS expects to add additional service options. Delta Air Lines will resume its nonstop service to Atlanta on June 5 and serve a new destination with nonstop service to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP).
The airport will welcome a new carrier in June as well. Sun Country Airlines will also service MSP, with nonstop service beginning June 8.
Southwest Airlines announced it will not only increase its current service with more daily flights, but the airline will also begin nonstop service to Long Beach (LGB) beginning July 11. Avelo Airlines, the most recent carrier added to the COS roster, announced its plan to serve Burbank (BUR) nonstop beginning May 3.
Numerous construction projects are slated for 2023 at COS to help improve the travelers’ experience, including a Concourse Modernization. The Airport’s Concourse Modernization project will be a complete remodel of the terminal concourse to include hold rooms, restrooms, ceilings, windows, elevators, flooring, the PA system, and more. The modernization will increase terminal sustainability and improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
The improvements of the concourse will not only increase passenger capacity, but also easily accommodate elevated traffic levels. In addition to refining traffic flow, the project will provide travelers with disabilities a more equitable airport experience with planned ADA upgrades.
The TSA queuing area will also get a facelift in 2023, with a more conducive space to accommodate a larger traffic flow.
Looking ahead, 2023 is slated to be a year of growth and change for COS.
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There’s something about COS that drives travelers wild. Maybe it’s the friendly customer service, the stress-free security process, or the laid-back vibe… whatever it is, it’s easy to see why so many people are falling in love with Colorado’s small airport. So go ahead, Fly COS and see what all the fuss is about. Fall in love with Colorado’s small airport.