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Airport Hours and Location

Centennial Airport is open 24 hours every day. The airport is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of the center of Denver at 7565 S. Peoria Street, Englewood, Colorado 80112.

Nearby Aircraft

Private jets available for charter to and from Centennial Airport include the Hawker 800 XP, Learjet 35, Citation Bravo and Citation CJ3 light jets; the Learjet 60 midsize jet, the Falcon 50 super midsize jet, and the Challenger 604 and Falcon 2000 large jets.

Runways

The Centennial Airport has three asphalt runways. Its longest runway is 10,001 feet (3,048 meters) long and 100 feet (30 meters) wide. Its elevation is 5,885 feet (1,794 meters).

Airport Amenities

Centennial Airport offers a wide range of top-notch airport amenities such as VIP vehicle-to-plane ramp access and luxurious ground transportation services. It also has excellent conference rooms and comfortable lounge rooms.

Private Jet Charter to and from Centennial Airport

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.

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

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.

ICAO KAPA
IATA APA
LOCATION Denver, United States
FACILITY TYPE AIRPORT

Runway information

Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
10/28 4800 75 ASPH-G 5879.14754
17L/35R 10002 100 ASPH-G 5879.14754
17R/35L 7004 77 ASPH-G 5879.14754

FBOs at Centennial Airport, KAPA, APA

Name Address Phone Website
Denver Jet Center 7625 S Peoria St Englewood , CO 80112 (303) 790-4321
Signature Flight Support 8001 S INTERPORT BLVD SUITE 100 ENGLEWOOD, CO 80112 (303) 799-8388
Tac Air 7425 S PEORIA ST ENGLEWOOD, CO 80112 (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
MODERN AVIATION 8201 SOUTH INTERPORT BLVD, ENGLEWOOD, CO 80112 303-649-9538 https://modern-aviation.com/denver-3/
Signature Flight Support North 7425 S Peoria Circle Englewood, Colorado 80112 303-790-2575

METAR Weather Data

Centennial Airport
  • Weather Mist
  • Observed 05:21 AM
  • Temperature -1 °C, 30 °F
  • Preticipation 0.0 mm
  • Humidity 75%
  • Pressure 1016 mb
  • Cloud Cover 100%
  • Visibility 8%
  • Wind Speed: 16mph, 26km/h
  • Wind Direction: 280°, W

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.
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