737 aircraft bad for Aspen
I know all of you personally have been here long enough to remember the very difficult fights over Sardy Field expansion, and would ask you to once again consider the issues that dominated that conversation in the 1990s.
The airport redesign as currently planned is a threat to our community on a number of fronts, particularly because it opens the opportunity for 737s to begin flying into Aspen. This will fundamentally change the nature of air service here and not for the better. Those are major airliners that have enormous impact on the community. And given the statements of your airport director in a recent edition of The Aspen Times, it appears there will be little we can do to limit their arrival once the new runway and terminal are built. His suggestion that we tell airlines and private jet owners that we don’t like 737s and hope they don’t fly them here is weak, to put it nicely. I can imagine 737s eventually being flown over downtown Aspen multiple times on a daily basis because of the tricky terrain on approach by Shale Bluffs. It could eventually be like the commercial and residential districts that are right under the approach and take-off paths at LAX or any other urban airport.
If the recent revelations that the “improvements” will cost hundreds of millions more than previously estimated gives you opportunity to pause on the project and force a new design, I strongly urge you to take it for the good of our community and the economy it has built around recreation, culture and adventure.
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