Airport closure rationale |

Airport closure rationale

Dear Editor:As you may already know, the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport runway will be closed for a short time in early October for construction. New electrical cable is being installed, along with other utilities to support a new power vault. This requires us to dig a trench in the runway to bury the cable followed by repaving. We must allow the pavement to cure before aircraft can safely land. Unfortunately, we must close the airport runway for a short time to accommodate these improvements. The runway closure is planned for Oct. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. through Oct. 6. The runway will be reopened for business as usual Oct. 7.Before we chose the dates for this closure, we met with airline officials and our fixed base operator to discuss dates that would have the least impact on air travel into and out of Aspen. The dates we agreed upon occur during the slowest 36-hour period we could find at the airport. The week before is Labor Day; the week after marks the beginning of hunting season.The good news is the airlines have been very accommodating to passengers needing alternative travel arrangements on these days. Travelers may fly into Denver, Eagle or Grand Junction and either rent a car or find some other form of transportation to Aspen from those venues. We are happy to help any traveler making arrangements for rental cars, etc. We realize there may be some people who are especially inconvenienced by this closure and we want to do everything we can to get to and from Aspen during this 36-hour time frame.Do not hesitate to call us for assistance: 925-5383, extension 851. Jim Elwoodairport director

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