Aspen airport passenger traffic up in June |

Aspen airport passenger traffic up in June

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Enplanements at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport were up about 3 percent in June despite the absence of Frontier Airlines, which ended its year-round service to the resort at the close of last winter.

The airport still has year-round service from United Express, however, and American Eagle is serving Aspen in summer and winter. Its summer service began in mid-June.

“We find it remarkable that even though Frontier Airlines left our market after last ski season, we have still seen this kind of increase in passengers coming into and out of our airport,” said Brian Grefe, assistant aviation director at the airport, in a prepared statement released by the county.

June enplanements, the number of passengers getting on a commercial flight in Aspen, totaled 14,702 in June, according to the airport. American accounted for 1,609, and United, operated by SkyWest, had 13,093. United traffic was up about 21 percent. In June 2011, Frontier recorded 3,436.

Total enplanements for the first half of the year at the local airport totaled 134,960 – up 6.5 percent, according to the airport.

The airport is undergoing a 20-year planning process. Terminal capacity and demand for fixed-base operations are being studied.

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