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Centennial Airport (KAPA) - Jet Charter Services

Centennial Airport, located 12 miles south of Denver in the area known as Denver South, is the second busiest general aviation airport in the United States with more than 340,000 operations a year.

Centennial Airport

Centennial Airport. Picture Source.

The airport is situated in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, a major portion of the business district called Denver South.

Many elite business travelers charter private jets into Centennial Airport to get to the hundreds of businesses in downtown Denver and the Denver South tech and business corridor along I-25. Seven of the 10 Fortune 500 companies in Colorado are located in Denver South.

Centennial Airport is a general aviation airport. There are no scheduled commercial flights in or out.

Centennial opened as Arapahoe County Airport in 1968 as a reliever airport for Stapleton International, which was Denver’s main airport before being replaced by Denver International Airport in 1995.

Centennial Airport is credited with transforming what was once barren prairie land into a hugely desirable place to do business.

Run by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, Centennial Airport has four award-winning fixed base operators, seven flight schools and 24/7 FAA air traffic control.

What is the airport code for Centennial Airport?

The ICAO code for Centennial Airport is KAPA and its IATA code is APA.

Airport Information for Centennial Airport (KAPA, APA)

AIRPORT INFORMATION
ICAOKAPA
IATAAPA
LOCATIONDenver, CO, United States
FACILITY TYPEAIRPORT
Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
10/28 4800 75 ASPH-G 5880
17L/35R 10002 100 ASPH-G 5880
17R/35L 7004 77 ASPH-G 5880

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FBOs at Centennial

Centennial Airport, which is located in the Denver suburb of Englewood, boasts of having four of the nation's leading fixed base operators that have many amenities, including transient hangar and tie-down service.

The fifth FBO, the Heliplex, is dedicated to servicing and supporting helicopters.

Many aviation and aviation-related businesses lie in and around the airport, including flight training schools, aircraft sales companies, air ambulance companies, avionics and maintenance service operations, aerial photography services and corporate flight departments.

More than 900 privately owned aircraft are hangered and stored at Centennial Airport.

In addition to the five FBOs at Centennial Airport, there are also 12 charter operators, seven maintenance providers and catering and cleaning businesses.

The FBOs are:

Denver JetCenter

Denver Jet Center is one of three FBOs in the Colorado JetCenter network that offer services for private and chartered business jets, general aviation planes and military and commercial aircraft.

The others are the Colorado JetCenter at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and the Fort Collins-Loveland JetCenter at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL). They were the first FBOs at all three airports.

The Denver JetCenter is consistently ranked among the best FBOs in the United States in Professional Pilot magazine and Aviation International News.

Amenities include The Perfect Landing Restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a room where you can watch planes take off and land through floor-to-ceiling windows. It also offers catering service.

Denver JetCenter FBO

Denver JetCenter FBO. Picture Source.

Other amenities include:

  • Crew cars
  • Five executive conference rooms
  • Fleet of fuel trucks and de-icers (Type I & IV)
  • Flight planning
  • Heated transient hangars
  • On-site U.S. Customs
  • Pilot lounge.
  • Private crew lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • WSI weather

Modern Aviation

Modern Aviation, a new and growing network of FBOs, acquired its FBO facilities at Centennial Airport from XJet Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of XJet World Holdings, in September 2017.

It is Modern Aviation’s third FBO -- with others at Boeing Field International (BFI) in Seattle and Wilmington International (ILM) in Wilmington, N.C.

XJet’s Denver facility had been consistently ranked as one of the top FBO service providers in the United States in the annual FBO survey taken by Aviation International News.

An XJet executive said the company sold the Centennial Airport FBO so it can concentrate on its European hub at London's Stansted Airport and expand its brand in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The former XJet facilities have more than 50,000 square feet of climate-controlled hangar space that can accommodate business jets such as the Embraer Legacy 600, the Gulfstream G650 and the Bombardier Global.

Modern Aviation FBO

Modern Aviation FBO. Picture Source.

Amenities include:

  • Auto parking, storage, detailing
  • Complimentary espresso bar
  • Concierge
  • Conference room
  • Crew lounge
  • De-Icing
  • Entertainment center
  • First-class executive terminal
  • Flight planning
  • Luxury crew cars
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Passenger Lounge
  • Private bathrooms with showers
  • Rentable office space
  • Sleep rooms
  • U.S. customs

Signature Flight Support

Signature Flight Support, the world's largest network of fixed base operations with more than 200 locations, considers Centennial Airport one of the premier general aviation airports in the country. Its customers include the flying elite who rent private jets into Centennial Airport to do business in the Denver Tech Center and downtown Denver or to attend sporting events at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies; Broncos Stadium at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos; and the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoth.

There is easy highway access to Colorado ski resorts such as Vail and Breckenridge.

Signature FBO KAPA

Signature FBO. Picture Source.

Amenities include:

  • 24-hour surveillance
  • 24,000 square foot hangar
  • 400,000 square foot ramp
  • Agricultural clearance
  • Aircraft parking long term
  • Baggage carts
  • Business center
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms (video conference capable)
  • Crew cars
  • Crew room
  • Customs and immigration
  • DC Access Standard Security Program
  • Deicing/anti-ice
  • Fuel farm
  • Helicopter handling
  • Limousine service
  • Locked storage room
  • Long term vehicle parking
  • Medical/ambulance capabilities
  • Passenger lounge
  • Ramp side vehicle access
  • Showers
  • Snooze room
  • Tie downs
  • Vacuum cart
  • Valet
  • Water service
  • Wi-Fi

TAC Air

TAC Air-APA is another award-winner for its ground services, quick turns and competitive prices on Jet-A and Avgas aviation fuel. The TAC facility at Centennial Airport is one of 14 in its network with a 15th to be added in Dallas in mid-2019.

TAC Air FBO

TAC Air FBO. Picture Source.

Amenities include:

  • 24/7/365
  • Aircraft fueling
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Cargo handling
  • Conference room
  • De-icing Type I & IV
  • Free Ramp Wi-Fi
  • Ground handling
  • Hangar space
  • Limo service
  • Pilots’ lounge
  • Showers
  • U.S. customs

The Heliplex

AirCam is the anchor tenant at The Heliplex, the only helicopter FBO in the Western United States.

The Heliplex provides hangar and office space as well as fuel, maintenance and avionics services for both tenant and transient helicopters.

Amenities include:

  • Aerial photography
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Aircraft parking (ramp or tiedown)
  • Aviation fuel
  • Courtesy transportation
  • Hangar leasing/sales
  • Hangars
  • Passenger terminal and lounge
  • Power cart
  • Rental cars

More about APA

Centennial Airport celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

The longest of the airport’s three runways is 10,000 feet. The current weight limit is 75,000 pounds.

With an average of 880 operations a day, APA has an economic impact of more than $1.4 billion a year. It is located in Englewood, in the Denver Tech Center, 12 miles from downtown Denver. It includes portions of Meridian, Inverness, Dove Valley and Park Meadows.

Englewood, with a population of about 30,000, is in the South Platte River Valley east of the Front Range and considered part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area.

When the airport opened in 1968, it was called the Arapahoe County Airport. It was renamed in 1984 in anticipation of the anniversary of its admission to the Union as the 38th state in 1876.

A new control tower was built in 1985. It is an international airport with continuous U.S. Customs services. In 2015, this is how the usage of the airport broke down:

  • 48 percent: Local general aviation
  • 41 percent: Transient general aviation
  • 9 percent: Air taxi
  • 2 percent: Military

World headquarters in and around Centennial Airport include Liberty Media, Starz, the Anschutz Corp., EchoStar, RE/MAX, Arrow Electronics and Western Union.

Centennial Airport will host the 64th Business Aviation Safety Summit on May 2-3, 2019.

More on the Denver South

Denver South covers most of the southern I-25 corridor, from I-225 on the north to Lincoln Avenue on the South. It lies in Denver, Arapahoe and Douglas counties and includes the Denver Tech Center among its 20,000 companies with more than 230,000 employees.

Its more than 20 business parks and 42 million square feet of office space are scattered among six municipalities.

It is also home to Centennial Airport and seven of Colorado’s 10 Fortune 500 companies.

The Denver Tech Center, the most widely known portion of Denver South, is itself so big that it contains four ZIP codes.

The Front Range of the Colorado Rockies are in full view with Pikes Peak to the south, Longs Peak to the north and Mount Evans directly west.

The biggest chunk of the Denver Tech Center, home to dozens of companies from startups to worldwide headquarters, is in Greenwood Village.

Why was it built where it is?

The Denver Tech Center was designed in the 1970s to run along a fiber optic line south of Denver so it could attract cable and telecommunication companies to the area near the intersection of I-25 and I-225.

FBOs and Handlers at Centennial Airport, KAPA, APA

NAME ADDRESS PHONE WEBSITE
Denver Jet Center  7625 S PEORIA ST  (303) 790-4321   
Signature Flight Support  8001 S INTERPORT BLVD  (303) 799-8388   
Tac Air  7425 S PEORIA ST  (303) 790-2575   
Mayo Aviation  7735 S. Peoria St. Englewood CO
80112  
303-792-4000   
International Jet  8511 AVIATOR LANE
CENTENNIAL, CO 
(303) 790-0414   
Xjet  8201 South Interport Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80112  
303-649-9538   

METAR Weather Data at Centennial Airport, KAPA, APA

STATIONKAPA
OBSERVEDTue May 21, 23:53 UTC
NOWWed May 22, 00:35 UTC
AGE42 min ago
WINDN at 7 mph
VISIBILITY10 miles
CLOUDSovercast
TEMP39°F (4°C)
WIND CHILL34°F (1°C)
DEWPT30°F (-1°C)
HUMIDITY70%
BAROMETER1001 hPa (29.57 in Hg)
METARKAPA 212353Z 35006KT 10SM BKN023 OVC027 04/M01 A2957 RMK AO2 SLP023 T00391006 10044 20017 53005

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