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Aspen airport too ‘exclusive’

Dear Editor:Very well-written article (“Private planes overflowing,” Dec. 29). I am a pilot for a person that owns a house in the area, and a large portion of the time he has to drive to and from Grand Junction instead of the Aspen airport.This is a person that is paying taxes in the city and can’t use the airport because of the slot program. We feel that if a person owns property and pays taxes, they should have a guaranteed slot into Aspen! If nothing else, just long enough to drop the passenger off and then go somewhere else to park for the duration of the trip.The FAA came out this year and said that the slot program is going to be easier to use. For my last four trips into Aspen and Eagle, I have been able to get a slot exactly one time. As I am writing this e-mail, I have been sitting at my computer for almost five hours trying to get a slot into Aspen for New Year’s Day.It seems to me that the city of Aspen wants people to come, but the airport doesn’t want them to fly there. If it is any consolation, Aspen is much easier to get a slot at than the Eagle airport is. Eagle only has slots for about 30 or so flights a day, and they block entire one-hour slot periods off when the airlines are coming in.Vern GerberOlathe, Kan.