The Colorado Springs Airport will be closed Tuesday, April 17th, for all inbound and outbound travel after a fire on the main terminal roof. According to airport spokeswomen Aidan Ryan, the damage done by the three alarm fire is extensive. Ryan says that much of the damage was caused by water.
The fire was first reported at 10:53 Monday night. Flames and smoke were visible from outside the airport, however just after midnight, most of the smoke started to dissipate. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blaze.
Airport officials say a team is headed into the airport to assess the damage and try to make a determination of when the airport can be re-opened again.
The airport was evacuated, and passengers on planes that just landed at the airport were not allowed to disembark right away, but eventually deplaned at the Jet Center on Aviation Way. The baggage system was affected by the fire and passengers taken off of aircraft Monday night did not have access to their luggage. The airlines are working to arrange a way for passengers to either pick their bags up, or have them delivered to their location.
There is no pick up or return for rental cars at the airport at this time. Officials are telling customers to contact the rental car company directly to find alternative ways to return or rent a vehicle.
All airport employees should report to the field shop on Resnick Drive during their regular scheduled shift.
To reschedule your flight: