The Vernal Regional Airport is the largest airport in the Northeastern Utah area. Regular service is available to Denver International Airport, via Great Lakes Airlines. The airport also serves small aircraft.
Other options would be the Salt Lake International Airport is Delta Air Lines' second largest hubs, with over 350 flights departing daily. Several other airlines, including United Airlines, serve the airport. Salt Lake City is readily reached from anywhere in North America. From there, Vernal is just a quick trip.
Or the Walker Field Airport in Grand Junction, two hours from Dinosaur National Monument. The airport is the largest in western Colorado and connects to all major hubs in the United States.
Vernal Regional Airport (IATA: VEL, ICAO: KVEL, FAA LID: VEL) is a mile southeast of Vernal, in Uintah County, Utah. It is owned by the city and county and sees one airline, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 5,474 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 3,805 in 2009 and 4,461 in 2010. The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).
Air Midwest (US Airways Express) began flights to Salt Lake City International Airport on 2 July 2006, replacing Salmon Air. Before Salmon Air, SkyWest Airlines flew to SLC between 1984 and 2001. A route map from 1948 showed Challenger Airlines' proposed flights via Salt Lake City and the 1950 timetable showed stops at Vernal. Successor Frontier flew to Vernal 1950-1978 via Salt Lake City and Rock Springs, Wyoming. In January 2008 Great Lakes Aviation replaced Air Midwest, with flights to Denver and on December 5, 2011, Great Lakes began service to Canyonlands Field in Moab, Utah. United Airlines website mentions Great Lakes Airlines partner flights to Denver.
The airport covers 254 acres (103 ha) at an elevation of 5,278 feet (1,609 m). It has two asphalt runways: 16/34 is 6,201 by 150 feet (1,890 x 46 m) and 7/25 is 4,108 by 60 feet (1,252 x 18 m).
In 2011 the airport had 8,960 aircraft operations, average 24 per day: 84% general aviation and 16% air taxi. 36 aircraft were then based at the airport: 64% single-engine, 22% ultralight, 11% multi-engine, and 3% helicopter.
Airline and destinations
Scheduled passenger service:
FAA Airport Master Record for VEL (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
"Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
"Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
"2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
Mesa Air Group Announces Schedule and Fares for Vernal, Utah (May 22, 2006)
"Great Lakes Aviation lands Vernal airport contract". Vernal Express. October 10, 2007.