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New website aids Aspen travelers

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Travelers whose flights are diverted or canceled during bad weather at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport can now get real-time updates on the recently launched Travel Interruption Planning Site.

The website, http://www.aspentraveltips.com, is the result of the collaborative efforts of airport officials, representatives of the three airlines serving Aspen, Colorado Mountain Express, Aspen Skiing Co., town of Snowmass Village Marketing Department, Stay Aspen Snowmass and the Aspen Institute, according to a statement issued Monday by Pitkin County. The group initially convened in the fall to work toward improving the travel experience during the worst of times, when bad weather combines with peak travel.

“The website is only the first of several initiatives we’re considering to help move travelers in and out of our airport when the forces of nature coincide with the busiest times at the airport, including Christmas, Presidents Day weekend and spring break,” said Airport Director John Kinney. “The perfect storm for ski conditions is a real challenge for the airport.”

During a snowstorm or other weather conditions that precipitate flight delays, diversions and cancellations, the website will offer real-time information about ground transportation being arranged by the airlines to help travelers make their connections. It also will include information about rental cars and information about the drive to and from Denver for travelers who are unfamiliar with mountain driving. Should travelers opt to spend an extra night or two while waiting for a weather window, the site will offer information about last-minute lodging availability in Aspen and Snowmass.


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