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Delta expands winter service to Aspen

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Delta Air Lines will offer daily, nonstop service between its Atlanta hub and Aspen next winter, the carrier announced Tuesday.

Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest Airlines, will offer the new flights serving the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport using the Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet.

This past winter, the airline offered the Aspen-Atlanta nonstop service on Saturdays only, during February and March. Beginning Dec. 20, the service will be offered daily, with departures from Atlanta at 5:15 p.m., arriving in Aspen at 6:55 p.m. The flight out of Aspen will leave at 11:25 a.m., arriving in Atlanta at 4:40 p.m.

The timing of the flights is ideal to make connections with Delta’s prime international connection points, according to Bill Tomcich, president of reservation agency Stay Aspen Snowmass and the resort’s liaison to the airline industry.

The new service will create daily one-stop connections with dozens of international markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, as well as with commercial airports along the East Coast, from Portland, Maine, to Key West, Fla., according to Tomcich.

“Atlanta is going to open up lots and lots of new markets,” he said. “I think it’s a brilliant move ” Delta is really going to offer more one-stop connections to Aspen/Snowmass than United and Frontier combined.”

Delta won’t, however, match the number of flights in and out of Aspen offered by United and Frontier, he said.

Delta debuted service to the Aspen market in June 2006 with one flight per day, operated by SkyWest, between Aspen and Salt Lake City. Service later jumped to two flights and as many as three or four during the winter season, all between Aspen and Salt Lake City, until it introduced the Atlanta connection on Saturdays for two months last winter.

Delta Connection serves Aspen year-round, currently offering one flight daily between Aspen and Salt Lake City. With increased competition, given the recent addition of Frontier to the Aspen market, it appears Delta will stick to one connection daily between Aspen and Salt Lake City this summer, Tomcich said.

janet@aspentimes.com


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