Capital Improvements Program

Redevelopment Background & Phasing

In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an Environmental Assessment (EA) of potential changes at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport required to improve safety and receive federal funding. In response, the ASE Vision process facilitated an in-depth community review of the FAA alternatives and identified a comprehensive set of Common Ground Recommendations to make the airport safer, quieter, and cleaner. The creation of the Airport Advisory Board was one of the key community safeguard recommendations that came out of the ASE Vision process. In 2021, the Pitkin County Commissioners approved the formation of the Airport Advisory Board to ensure the community recommendations are implemented in the redevelopment of the airport and the airport’s broader future. Part of this redevelopment is the creation of an Airport Layout Plan (ALP), this process began in 2023. An ALP is a scaled, graphical presentation of the existing and future airport facilities, their location on the airport campus, and pertinent clearance and dimensional information.


In the short-term, Phase I includes:

  • Design of a New Commercial Passenger Terminal
  • Reconfiguration of the Terminal Roadway
  • Design of a Intermodal Ground Transportation System
  • Redesign of the South Parking Lots
  • Reconfiguration of the North/South Commercial Apron and Adjoining Taxiway A
  • Design of the Westside Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Apron and Facilities



In the mid-term the phases will include:

Phase II

  • Creating a Deicing Facility and Adjoining Taxiway A
  • Reconfiguration of the North Apron and Adjoining Taxiway A

Phase III

  • Relocation of FAA Air Traffic Control Tower

Phase IV

  • Reconfiguration of the Midfield Apron and Adjoining Taxiway A


The long-term and final phase will be:

Phase V

  • Upgrading the Airfield Pavement and Lighting – Runway 15‐33