Super-sizing airport won’t solve problems
August 13, 2018
Jason Auslander reports ("Airport expansion to accommodate 737s," Aug. 12, The Aspen Times) that there are 45 days remaining in the public comment period following the FAA's approval of the environmental assessment of the new terminal.
In previous discussions over the years of the planning and stages of approval of the new terminal, I don't recall much attention having been paid to the obligation to accept 737 size aircraft.
If that aspect was omitted, the whole project reeks of bait and switch.
I'm an old local who remembers one period in the early '70s in which the airport passenger terminal consisted of a double-wide trailer. When I went through it one snowy late December, everyone's eyeglasses were totally fogged up and we stank like wet dogs in a crowded subway car.
The current terminal is the second since the double-wide version and I like it well enough. The capacity of the airport is already limited by the altitude, the surrounding terrain and the weather. Already many commercial and private flights are diverted to Grand Junction and Eagle as a matter of course. Super-sizing everything doesn't remove those limitations.
In addition, consider that even Gulfstream 5s, let alone 737s, rattle windows on the city golf course and on McLain Flats when they are taking off.
Recommended Stories For You
I look forward to attending public comments for reducing the size of the new terminal to eliminate large aircraft.
Trending In: Letters to the Editor
- Roaring Fork Valley man killed in Express Creek avalanche near Aspen
- Video: Moose chases skiers at Breckenridge Ski Resort
- Arin Trook of Aspen ID’d as skier who died in Monday avalanche near Ashcroft
- Business Monday: Wrecking ball coming to Boogie’s Building in downtown Aspen
- Vail resident ID’d as second skier killed in Taos inbounds avalanche