Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC), located in Gunnison, Colorado, USA, is a public airport owned by Gunnison County. It has served the Gunnison Valley since the early 1940s. The airport was originally established as a Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) airfield in 1940. It had two paved runways and a large hangar. The CPTP used the airport to train pilots for World War II.
In 1943, the United States Army Air Forces took control of the airport and renamed it the Gunnison Army Airfield. It served as a training base for B-25 bomber crews and other military aircraft. After the war, the airport returned to civilian ownership in 1945 and was renamed Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. The name was chosen to reflect the airport’s close proximity to both Gunnison and Crested Butte, two towns in the Gunnison Valley.
GUC is the airport code for Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. The code is determined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA assigns three-letter codes to airports around the world. The letter G is used to represent the first letter of the airport’s name, Gunnison. The letter U is used to represent the last letter of the airport’s name. The third letter, C, is a randomly assigned letter.
Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport has an average of 18 flights per day, operated by two airlines: American Eagle and United Express. The airport offers direct flights to Denver International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It serves over 90,000 passengers annually and is the only airport in Gunnison County.
Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is a vital asset to the Gunnison Valley. It is a major hub for tourism, business, and recreational activities. It provides easy access to the area’s many attractions, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and biking in the summer. The airport is also a crucial resource for local emergency responders, providing quick access to medical care when needed.