DEL NORTE - The Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport (RCV) was distinguished as the “2020 Colorado Airport of the Year” by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics and the Colorado Aeronautical Board.
The Colorado Airport of the Year Award is presented annually by the Colorado Division of Aeronautics to recognize Colorado public-use airports that exhibit outstanding contributions to the Colorado Air & Space System. Airports distinguished with this recognition demonstrate values that fall in line with the CDOT Division of Aeronautics’ mission to advance a safe, efficient, and an effective statewide air and space system through collaboration, investment and advocacy.
In 2010, the Division of Aeronautics supported one of the largest state/local-funded runway projects at Del Norte, which addressed the growing medical evacuation needs of Del Norte’s Rio Grande Hospital. The airport also recently completed the construction of a pilot shelter and camping facility, funded entirely by the airport and the Recreational Aviation Foundation. The volunteer leadership of the airport has helped make RCV one of the shining examples in Colorado of what a small rural general aviation airport can do to support its community and its residents and visitors.
According to the 2020 Economic Impact Study of Colorado Airports, the Astronaut Kent Rominger Airport is responsible for supporting 31 jobs, producing over $1.36 million in annual payroll, while generating $5.38 million in overall business revenue.