Travel plans up in air
Dear Editor:Loved your article about the unfortunate timing of the closing of Aspen airport on the day many of the John Denver fans were arriving (Aspen Times, Aug. 30). I made my flight arrangements weeks ago and got a good rate to fly into Aspen instead of driving from Denver, which saved me a vacation day at each end of the trip. Imagine my surprise when I got a call last week to tell me I would have to be left in Denver to fend for myself getting to Aspen since the runway would be closed on Oct. 6.I don’t plan to have a car in Aspen, but those who do plan to rent one there will now have to get it at Denver airport and pay extra to leave it in Aspen when we fly out. If I decide to fly on the fifth, I have to pay another hotel charge plus food for another day. If I go on the sixth and take the Colorado Taxi – it costs $103 one way – without tip, it states!Right now all my plans are up in the air, literally, and I am desperately trying to find a ride from Denver to Aspen on the sixth, or I may have to give up my trip altogether – something I have saved for all year. “The few individuals who made travel reservations on Oct. 6 before the date was blocked out were offered the choice of alternate travel dates or flying into another airport, according to Elwood.” (Aspen Times, Aug. 30)Mr. Elwood makes it all sound so easy – maybe for people with unlimited money but not for us “average folks.”Barbara StevensEast Hartford, Conn.
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