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Aspen airport planning sessions set

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Two sessions will take place this month to give the public a chance to offer input into future planning for the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

A master plan committee is currently looking at all of the airport’s facilities, including the terminal, fixed base operation, hangers and more.

“Our airport is among the most valuable assets in Pitkin County. We want to hear from anyone who has an opinion or a question about the future of our airport,” said Jim Elwood, airport director, in a press release.

The meetings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Airport Operations Center on Owl Creek Road. Anyone interested in participating should RSVP to: comments@aspenairportplanning.com.

The first session will focus exclusively at airport facilities, Elwood said.

“The terminal building is top on the list,” he said.

With added security requirements, the terminal is too small to comfortably accommodate passengers in the secure boarding area and provide enough restrooms, he said.

The airport planning firm of Mead and Hunt is leading the planning effort. Paid for with a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the updated master plan is expected to result in recommendations for enhancements at the airport into the future.

The 40-plus-member planning committee includes local pilots; government officials from as far away as Glenwood Springs; resort officials, including representatives of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Stay Aspen Snowmass and the Aspen Skiing Co.; and residents of neighborhoods bordering the airport among others.

The public can follow the master planning process online at http://www.aspenairportplanning.com.


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