Holiday travel hits Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN ” With a plane ticket in one hand and a carry-on bag in the other, Justin Carter smiled as he worked his way through the security checkpoint Wednesday at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. After all, he had wrapped up business in the area and was headed home for Thanksgiving Day.
“No snow, no delays,” said the 24-year-old Fort Worth resident, who estimated the trip to Texas would take about five hours. “I’m going home.”
Carter was one of hundreds of people who were headed in and out of the airport, on what has traditionally been one of the busiest travel days of the year at the venue. While Carter was making his way out of town, Chanel Brennan was headed into the area for a weekend at her sister’s home in Snowmass Village.
She said the trip to Aspen from Arizona was smooth except for a slight gaffe on her part. “I accidentally booked a flight out Dec. 30,” said the 20-year-old junior at the University of Arizona, who is majoring in special education.
“That’s going to cost my parents some money.”
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She was right, given that changing a flight, especially on a holiday weekend, can be a tad costly. But that wasn’t about to put a damper on her stay even if Brennan did have to get up early in the morning to make the flight.
“4:30 a.m.,” she said.
And she could expect to help out around the house on Thanksgiving Day, said her sister, Carrera Shea.
“I’m cooking,” Shea said. “Everybody’s helping.”
Also planning on working Thanksgiving Day was Kyle Johnson, who flew into Aspen on the same Frontier Airlines flight as Brennan, but for an entirely different reason. Johnson, 24, said he was part of a crew with Specialty Transport Inc. of Los Angeles.
“We are staging the cars for the World Cup,” said the Southern Californian. “We are out here working.”
Johnson said it was not really a big deal to be working the holiday weekend because he did the turkey thing a couple of weeks earlier. He seemed to be a little more concerned, as were others in his party, with renting a larger vehicle.
“Our problem is with the rental,” said Johnson who is in town until Monday before he heads to Beaver Creek for a men’s World Cup stop.
All told, the airport seemed to handle the passenger traffic without consequence.
“Thanksgiving Day kind of kicks off the ski season,” said airport Director of Aviation Jim Elwood. “We generally see an increase in activity from previous weeks.”
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