SkyWest to take over ground handling at Aspen Airport |

SkyWest to take over ground handling at Aspen Airport

Aspen Times Staff

SkyWest airlines is expected to take over the ground-handling work for United Express at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport early next month, although Air Wisconsin will continue to operate United Express flights.United Airlines announced in April that it will no longer be working with Air Wisconsin, although it has yet to announce which new airline will fly for United Express between Aspen and Denver. SkyWest Airlines announced in July that it will take over ground-handling services, including baggage handling and check-ins, at six United Express mountain resort destinations in Colorado.Stay Aspen-Snowmass President Bill Tomcich said he expects the transition to be a seamless one, undetectable by passengers at the airport. But a new airline will take over flying United Express routes out of Sardy Field beginning in June, he said.In other news, on Sept. 6 the airport unveiled improvements to its flight information display system, which displays airline departure and arrival information in the terminal building as well as at and on community TV Channel 8.The upgraded displays now get current flight information directly from each airline’s website every five to 10 minutes. Previously, changes in flight times had to be manually entered for each flight, often resulting in the display of incorrect or out-of-date information.Other system upgrades include more-accurate weather information, enhanced airline logos and easier-to-read displays. The airport will begin replacing its aging television monitors next week with 32-inch, flat-panel monitors that require less maintenance and are more energy efficient.

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