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The airport is fine; United is the problem

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, Oct. 8, my wife and I got to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport to start our trip to Chicago, and we sat in the waiting area of Frontier Airlines. As I sat there I got to thinking about the group that wants to make drastic changes to our airport as announced in our local newspapers.

As I looked around the terminal the question in my mind came up: Why? To me there is no reason to tear down the existing building at all, but maybe do a cleaning, a minor remodel and maybe an addition if necessary. Also, a 1,000-car parking lot underground is totally uncalled for. Has anyone in our valley ever seen 1,000 cars parked in the present parking facilities?

There is no reason whatsoever for a $2 million or $3 million hole in the ground to park cars! We are not DIA or O’Hare Field! My wife and I started flying in and out of Aspen when the only service was Aspen Airways. Over the years the service and facilities at the Aspen airport have been adequate and the only problem times have been the weather.

How many people remember Christmas 2009? All flights were canceled due to bad weather, but flew out the next day.

Too much money is being wasted on various projects that aren’t really necessary by different organizations. For example, the Historical Society’s expenditure of $200,000 to restore the old store in Emma next to Highway 82! It has been finished but stands there with windows and doors boarded up and never will be opened again due to its location. And now they want to spend more money on the so-called powder house behind it to which no one will ever visit due to the location of both buildings. They will probably ask CDOT to spend more than $100,000 to put in a stop light.

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There are many things I could point a finger at about waste in Aspen and Pitkin County, but the lack of command sense will prevail! It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the people who want to raze the terminal building would come up with plans to copy DIA’s terminal!

They probably want to do it as a monument to themselves and get their names on a plaque on a wall! Why doesn’t the airport authority stop United Airlines from canceling flights in and out of Aspen because they don’t have a full load? Oct. 8 was a perfect example. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and the announcement came over the public address system: United’s next two flights were canceled. Ten minutes later our Frontier flight landed and we were on our way with only rain in Denver. This is too common with United, so I suggest Frontier because they treat their customers as special people!

Chris Tessem

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