Craig’s airport to see more traffic with YVRA closure |

Craig’s airport to see more traffic with YVRA closure

Patrick Kelly
Craig Moffat Airport could see an economic boom from the 60 day runway re-paving project at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which will close the airport from April 14 to June 15. More flights at Craig's airport means more fuel purchases.
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Craig Moffat Airport Manager Jerry Hoberg hopes the temporary shutdown of Yampa Valley Regional Airport will divert planes to his runway.

More planes landing at Craig Moffat Airport means more fuel being sold by Mountain Air Spray Co., the airport’s fixed-base operator, explained Hoberg.

“That’s always a good thing,” he said. “If they can sell some more fuel, that helps their business.”

Selling more fuel also helps the airport.

Hoberg added that Mountain Air Spray pays an excise tax and a sales tax to the state when it buys fuel, which is ultimately funneled back into the airport.

“Basically, grant money to do projects like the signing project that we’re doing now,” he said, referring to a current undertaking that makes sure runway signs meet Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Luke Tucker, co-owner of Mountain Air Spray, said it’s difficult to tell if there will be increased traffic, but they are ready for whoever shows up.

“If any plane shows up, we’re always ready for them,” he said.

Tucker, said so, far he has had contact with four aircraft – three seeking a hangar and one inquiring about the airport’s facilities.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport’s runway will be closed to all air traffic from April 14 to June 15 for runway improvements.

Although commercial operations don’t run out of Craig Moffat Airport, Hoberg said freight planes from companies like FedEx and UPS could potentially be forced to fly into Craig’s airport.

The last time Yampa Valley Regional Airport temporarily closed, he said there was a noticeable increase in the amount of cargo being unloaded at Craig Moffat Airport.

“They’re going to have to come over here and we’ll be ready for them,” he said.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport is closing due to work that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration, and without an alternative runway, the airport will be closed for those 60 days, according to a story by the Steamboat Pilot and Today.

“The timing of the runway re-paving expansion of shoulders is intended to coincide with the end of ski season and one of the least busy periods at the commercial airport in Hayden, which serves Steamboat Springs and the rest of Northwest Colorado,” the article stated.

“Airport Manager Kevin Booth said that after a pre-construction meeting with the contractors when they walked the site, he is confident the work will begin on time and they will complete the project within the 60-day period.”

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow Patrick on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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