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Aspen airport adds two nonstop summer flights, expands nonstop fall service

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The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport announced Tuesday that American Airlines and United Airlines are expanding their schedules into Aspen for the 2016 summer and fall seasons.

"This is exciting news for our locals and visitors who can now enjoy even more direct flight options summer, winter and now fall from our airport," Director of Aviation John Kinney said.

American Airlines will offer new summer nonstop flights from Chicago/O'Hare International Airport (ORD), expanding their existing daily flights from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). American's summer seasonal service from DFW, LAX and now ORD begins June 2. Flights from LAX and ORD are scheduled to operate daily through Aug. 15, while daily nonstop flights from DFW are now scheduled to continue into the fall season, daily through Oct. 5.

United Airlines will offer new summer nonstop flights from San Francisco International Airport. This will add to their existing summer service from Denver International Airport, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. New nonstop flights from San Francisco are scheduled to begin June 9 and continue through Aug. 15. Seasonal nonstop flights from Houston resume June 3, while flights from Chicago and Los Angeles are scheduled to resume June 9. While the Houston flights are scheduled to operate through Aug. 15, nonstop flights from both Chicago and Los Angeles are being extended into the fall with Chicago flights continuing through Oct. 4, and Los Angeles flights continuing through Oct. 29. United will continue to operate daily year-round service from Denver with as few as four flights daily at times during the spring to as many as nine daily during the summer.

"It's well known that Aspen and Snowmass' growing popularity as summer destinations has led to visitor numbers that now rival those during the winter — and fall is becoming an increasingly popular time to visit. These trends are being recognized by the airlines as both American and United will now be operating nonstop flights into ASE from as many of their hubs during the summer as they do during the winter," said Bill Tomcich, President of Stay Aspen Snowmass.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is located three miles from Aspen and 7 miles from Snowmass Village, the closest airport to any mountain resort destination.

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New summer daily ORD-ASE service on American Airlines:

AA 3517 June 2 – Aug. 15: Departs ORD at 1:35 p.m. CT, arrives at ASE at 3:15 p.m. MT

AA 3529 June 2 – Aug. 15: Departs ASE at 10:45 a.m. MT, arrives at ORD at 2:20 p.m. CT

New summer daily SFO-ASE on United Airlines:

UA 5904 June 9 – Aug. 14: Departs SFO at 3:55 p.m. PT, arrives at ASE at 7:11 p.m. MT

UA 5896 June 10 – Aug. 15: Departs ASE at 7 a.m. MT, arrives at SFO at 8:25 a.m. PT.a

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