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United adds flights

What a difference a year has made for Aspen commercial airline service.

One year ago business leaders were wringing their hands over uncertainty about United Airline’s future and the unavailability of the aircraft its affiliate was flying into Aspen.

This year, United has already announced it will add flights from major markets into Aspen for the 2006-07 ski season. The schedule “has probably never been better,” Aspen/Pitkin County Airport director Jim Elwood told the audience at the annual Aspen Chamber Resort Association membership luncheon Thursday.

United will add two daily nonstop flights between Aspen and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Elwood said. Direct service will also begin between Aspen and San Francisco International Airport on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during ski season, he said.

United will expand nonstop service between Aspen and Los Angeles International Airport and boost the frequency of their connecting service between Aspen and Denver.

There will be one daily flight to LAX plus three extra flights per weekend, according to Elwood’s office. There will be 11 daily flights to Denver plus four extra weekend trips.

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Nearly all the flights will be on the Canadair CRJ700 regional jets which were touted by Elwood as “remarkably quiet and comfortable.”

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