United plan to reduce domestic flights shouldn’t have local effect
Aspen should be unaffected by United Airlines’ plan to reduce domestic service and boost its international routes in search of greater profitability, according to the resort’s liaison to the airline industry.Aspen is served by United’s regional carrier, United Express, and is among the airline’s profitable routes, noted Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass, a local reservations agency.In fact, the airline provided record capacity into the Aspen market during August and September, said Tomcich, Aspen’s point man with the airlines.UAL Corp., the bankrupt parent company of United Airlines, announced this week it would increase the airline’s international capacity by 14 percent and cut its U.S. domestic capacity by 12 percent. The moves, to be complete by March 2005, are aimed at allocating United’s resources to its most profitable routes.It has already launched 30 new international routes since February 2002 – 70 percent of them were announced this year.In addition, United Express service has expanded to 21 new destinations this year.
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