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Colorado’s mountain airports are thriving despite national rural air service struggle

Colorado’s mountain-town airports are busier than ever despite airlines limping through a pilot shortage and slashing service to smaller communities. The number of passengers flying in and out of Aspen, Durango, Eagle County, Gunnison, Hayden and Montrose in 2022 is on a record-setting pace, marking a rural airport strength that does not reflect national trends.  […]

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With winter travel to Colorado resort communities very unclear, airlines are showing “unprecedented” flexibility

By the end of a typical September, skiers are booking flights and planning winter vacations. And resorts that depend on those jet-setting skiers — like Aspen, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Telluride and Vail — are seeing hotel reservations filling up by the arrival of fall.  But this is not a typical fall. Nor was it a […]

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Coronavirus created the shortest commercial jet flight in the country — Eagle to Aspen. But it won’t last.

GYPSUM —  The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are scattered across the sprawling asphalt outside the Eagle County Regional Airport. Inside the recently expanded terminal, employees easily outnumber travelers as giant televisions flicker with […]

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Fly from Aspen to Montrose for $30? Airlines are being allowed to cut small-airport service during coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Transportation has heard the pleas of airlines flying empty planes into regional airports and is allowing carriers to cut all flights into some cities and towns.   The DOT on Tuesday issued a notice that airlines could remove 5% of the airports they serve, allowing relief for airlines that were obligated to […]