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Frontier retains Aspen service; United boosts winter flights

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Less than a month after Frontier Airlines announced it would pull out of the Aspen market this fall, the airline said Tuesday it will maintain its Denver-Aspen connection throughout the fall and winter.

On the same day, United Airlines announced plans to bump up its service to Aspen this winter with additional connections to Chicago and San Francisco.

Rather than cease service to the resort, effective Oct. 1, Frontier will continue to fly into the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport with one flight daily from Oct. 1 through Nov. 17 and bump up to two flights daily from Nov. 18 to Dec. 15. For the ski season, Dec. 16 though April 2011, Frontier will fly four connections daily between Aspen and Denver – the same level of service it offered last winter, according to Bill Tomcich, president of reservations agency Stay Aspen Snowmass and the resort’s liaison to the airline industry.

Republic Airways, which owns Frontier, had announced plans to phase out the fleet of Bombardier Q400s that Frontier’s Lynx Aviation subsidiary flies into regional markets, including Aspen. Instead, three of the planes will remain available to serve Aspen, as well as Colorado Springs and Durango.

United, meanwhile, said it will add a fourth daily nonstop flight from Chicago and a second nonstop connection from San Francisco this winter. United is also scheduled to operate three daily nonstops from Los Angeles and 12 daily trips between Aspen and Denver, for a total of 21 daily connections to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, starting Dec. 16.

For more on the latest airline developments, see Wednesday’s Aspen Times.