Aspen History: Passenger numbers taking off |

Aspen History: Passenger numbers taking off

One b/w photograph of two men and a woman walking away from an Aspen Airways plane at Sardy Field, 1960-. Two of them are carrying skis over their shoulders.

“Traffic at the Aspen airport has skyrocketed during the past year, it was learned this week,” declared The Aspen Times on April 22, 1960, referring to a report issued by Robert Sommers Jr., airport manager. “Sommers’ report was presented Monday to the Aspen City Council by County Commissioner Tom Sardy, who appeared before the group to request a $1,000 donation to help finance additional airport improvements. The request was granted. The figures show more air passengers in the first three months of 1960 than during the first six months of 1959. According to Sommers, during the first six months of 1950 there were 1,182 operations in and out at the airport and 2,701 passengers were handled. This year during the first three months, 2,327 passengers were handled by a total of 943 flights.” The image at right shows people walking away from an Aspen Airways plane at Sardy Field with their ski equipment, circa 1960.

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