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Boutique Air Coming to Telluride Airport

TELLURIDE, Colorado (August 24, 2018) – A new commercial airline is coming to Telluride, as Boutique Air will offer year-round service beginning this month from Denver International Airport (DEN) to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), located just 10 minutes from town and the ski resort.

“Boutique brings a proven, high-quality operation and a worldwide partner network, a great fit for both our community and our guests coming to visit throughout the year,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “We are excited to partner with Boutique and deliver commercial flights to TEX for the destination.”

Boutique Air partners with United Airlines, which enables travelers to book and connect through the global United network. Passengers on Boutique Air flights can earn miles and redeem miles for flights through the United MileagePlus® frequent flyer program.

“Telluride is a world class destination, and we are thrilled to be connecting it to our Denver International hub later this month,” said Boutique CEO Shawn Simpson. “Our strong partnerships with both Colorado Flights Alliance as well as United Airlines have paved the way to this launch, which is just in time for the Telluride Film Festival. We look forward to making it a great success.”

Boutique’s modern fleet of Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft offers amenities that include reclining leather seats, lavatory and power outlets.

Flights will start August 29, 2018, and fares will start at an introductory rate of $149 each way. The schedule features multiple daily round trips and can be found online at www.boutiqueair.com, www.kayak.com and at www.united.com.

The Telluride destination, ranked five of the last six years as the number one ski resort in North American by Conde Nast and known as the festival capital of Colorado in the summer months, is served by two airports, with flights on Boutique/United to TEX and air service from 10 nationwide hubs to the Montrose (MTJ) Airport, 75 minutes away, on United, American, Delta and Allegiant.

For area resort and reservations information, please visit www.visittelluride.com or www.tellurideskiresort.com, and for flight information, please visit www.coloradoflights.org.

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Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks, providing the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village by a free, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America. For more information or to book a Telluride vacation, visit www.visittelluride.com or call 888-605-2578.

As a FAA-certified air carrier, Boutique Air provides both air charter and scheduled service. The airline services routes in Arizona, Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Reservations can be made online www.boutiqueair.com or by phone (855) 268-8478.

Colorado Flights is an economic development organization that provides non-stop air service to the Telluride Airport (TEX) from Denver (DEN), and to the Montrose Airport (MTJ) from Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Chicago (ORD), Charlotte (CLT), Newark (EWR), Phoenix (PHX), Atlanta (ATL), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), along with Denver (DEN) service.

Summer Schedule Update: American Adds Second Daily DFW Flight

TELLURIDE, Colorado (May 9, 2018) – On the heels of strong sales and continued growth, American Airlines has added a second daily flight from Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to the Telluride-Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) this summer. The second DFW flight was initially set for Saturdays only, but will now operate daily from June 7 – August 20, in addition to daily, year-round DFW-MTJ service.

With the added capacity, DFW-MTJ will see a 63% increase on the route over last summer, and a 3x increase over two summers. Overall air service to the region will now increase by approximately 14% this summer with a 41% increase over two years.

Recap of summer flights:

United

  • Chicago (ORD) – MTJ will now run daily from June 7 – October 3
  • Houston (IAH) – MTJ will be served on a larger 70-seat aircraft through the summer, June 7 – September 4
  • Denver (DEN) – MTJ continues with multiple daily flights year-round

American

  • DFW-MTJ continues year-round with larger aircraft through the summer season and 2x daily June 7 – August 20.
  • Phoenix (PHX) – MTJ runs daily June 7 – September 4
  • Chicago (ORD) – MTJ runs Saturdays June 9 – August 18

For detailed schedule information, please see the attached route map, visit www.coloradoflights.org, or go to www.united.com, and www.aa.com.

For area resort and reservations information, please visit www.visittelluride.com, www.tellurideskiresort.com, www.visitmontrose.com and www.ouraycolorado.com.

www.coloradoflights.org

 

*United flights operated by United or United Express

*American flights operated by American or Envoy

Great Lakes Suspends Operations

TEX Flights Cancelled, Overall Air Access to Telluride Largely Unaffected

TELLURIDE, Colorado (March 27, 2018) – Great Lakes Airlines announced yesterday that it has suspended its commercial airline operations, resulting in the cancellation of flights to Telluride Airport (TEX). Overall air service to Telluride and the region is largely unaffected as the Great Lakes flights comprised less than 3% of the air access this winter.

The destination is served by two airports, with the bulk of flights coming into the Telluride-Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), Telluride’s primary airport. Air service into MTJ continues to run at record levels, offering more than 350,000 seats in and out annually from 12 national hubs on 4 major carriers.

Great Lakes officials have cited the national pilot shortage as the core contributing factor for recent struggles to provide air service and for the suspension of operations.

Colorado Flights is working with its partners to assist customers who are currently booked with Great Lakes. According to Great Lakes’ instructions, customers seeking refunds should call 800.554.5111, or visit the airline’s website at www.greatlakesav.com. Customers are encouraged to rebook on the multiple flight options into the Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) airport, and to call the Telluride Tourism Office at 866.829.6852 for shuttle assistance.

“We appreciate Great Lakes significant efforts over the past several years to maintain service into the Telluride Airport (TEX) in the face of an acute pilot shortage, caused by a change in federal regulations in 2013,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “While our core air access through the Telluride-Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) remains unaffected, we will continue to work on options for commercial service into the Telluride Airport.”

Building since the 2013 regulation change, the pilot shortage now reaches from local and regional carriers up to mainline legacy airlines, affecting routes and air service to communities throughout the country.

For detailed flight information for Telluride and the region, please go to www.coloradoflights.org and select a choice under Schedules.

For area resort and reservations information, please visit www.visittelluride.com, www.tellurideskiresort.com, www.visitmontrose.com, and www.ouraycolorado.com.

 

www.coloradoflights.org

 

Another Jump in Summer Air Service for Western Colorado

Service Projected to Grow by 11%

TELLURIDE, Colorado (March 1, 2018) – Telluride’s summer air service continues to grow as Colorado Flights Alliance (CFA) has increased flights into Montrose (MTJ) and Telluride (TEX) regional airports for the coming season. Access to the Telluride/Montrose region from around the country improves with added and extended service, larger aircraft and more available seats than in years past.

United Airlines will be increasing service from Chicago (ORD) with daily flights from early June into the month of October, which previously had been daily only in July and August. United will also be flying larger planes daily from Houston (IAH) to MTJ through the summer, along with the continued multiple flights daily from Denver (DEN).

United partner Great Lakes Airlines will continue to serve the Telluride (TEX) airport from DEN with 10 flights per week, as well as adding a route between Phoenix (PHX) & TEX twice-per-week on Mondays and Thursdays – a great opportunity for Phoenicians to escape the heat.

American Airlines will be increasing service with larger planes coming in daily from Dallas (DFW) and flying twice a day on Saturdays in core summer. The service from DFW continues to operate daily year-round. American also continues its daily service from Phoenix (PHX) and weekly from ORD into MTJ through September 4.

“Summer air service is expanding at a fantastic rate, adding more and more options for both incoming visitors, area residents and businesses looking to travel,” said Matt Skinner, Chief Operating Officer for Colorado Flights. “We look to continue to do our part in creating economic sustainability and growth for Western Colorado, targeting service to/from key markets and additional year-round flights.”

Overall, summer air service is projected to grow 11% in 2018, with a 37% increase over the last two years and 54% over the last three. United’s IAH flight will increase by 52% with the larger aircraft, and the ORD flight by 158% with the extension of service. American’s larger planes and two Saturday flights increase the service from DFW this summer by 36%.

“Easy access through the growth in air capacity to our destination continues to provide travelers from across the country an opportunity to experience our world-renowned alpine lifestyle,” said Michael Martelon, Chief Executive Officer of the Telluride Tourism Board. “Colorado Flights Alliance continues to deliver on economic potential to the entire western slope.”

For detailed schedule information, please see the attached route map, visit www.coloradoflights.org, or go to www.united.com, www.aa.com, and www.flygreatlakes.com.

For area resort and reservations information, please visit www.visittelluride.com, www.tellurideskiresort.com, www.visitmontrose.com and www.ouraycolorado.com.

 

www.coloradoflights.org
*United flights operated by United or United Express

*American flights operated by American or Envoy

 

Great Lakes Adds Telluride Flights from Phoenix & Los Angeles

TELLURIDE, Colorado (September 9, 2017) – Great Lakes Airlines recently announced the addition of flights from Phoenix Sky-Harbor (PHX) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Telluride Regional Airport (TEX). The PHX service is currently scheduled to run through October, and the LAX flights will operate through the ski season.

The LAX and PHX flights will both operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays, with LAX run on a 30-seat Embraer 120 Brasilia and PHX on a Beechcraft 1900. These flights will run in addition to the current 10 flights per week from Denver International Airport (DEN) to TEX.

The LAX and PHX flights begin this week and are for sale on the Great Lakes site, through codeshare partner United Airlines, and on all online travel agencies such as Kayak, Expedia and Orbitz. The LAX flight will make a stop in Prescott, AZ, and the PHX flight will make a stop in Page, AZ, to pick up and drop passengers.

“We appreciate the great efforts of our partners at Great Lakes to continue to expand service to Telluride Airport, and the addition of LAX and PHX flights to TEX are great options for both our inbound guests and outbound locals, just 10 minutes from town and the ski resort” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner.

A snapshot of the TEX schedule going forward includes:

GREAT LAKES/UNITED Inbound to TEX Outbound from TEX
DEN TEX Daily (exc. Tuesday) Year-Round 2:15pm 3:27pm 3:42pm 4:46pm
DEN TEX Fri-Mon (2nd Flight) Year-Round 10:35am 11:47am 12:02pm 1:06pm
LAX TEX Monday & Thursday Feb 8 – Apr 9 2:05pm 3:29pm 12:57pm 2:19pm
PHX TEX Monday & Thursday Feb 1 – Nov 1 12:42pm 1:57pm 1:42pm 2:57pm

*Schedules subject to change.

For the two airports serving the destination, Telluride (TEX) and Montrose (MTJ), the added service brings the total to 17 non-stop or direct flights from 12 major hubs for the 2017-18 winter, including Denver, Chicago, New York (LGA & EWR), Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Salt Lake City, operated by United, American, Delta, Allegiant and Great Lakes.

“Telluride continues to rank among the best in mountain destinations for direct flight options, and are one of the few to have major network connectivity, a low-cost carrier and flights that land just 10 minutes from the slopes,” Skinner continued.

For route maps and detailed schedule information, please see visit www.coloradoflights.org/schedule. For flight and booking information please go to www.united.com or www.flygreatlakes.com.

For area resort and reservations information, please visit www.visittelluride.com and www.tellurideskiresort.com.

www.coloradoflights.org

 About Telluride

Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. Telluride has been ranked the #1 Resort in North America by Conde Nast four of the last five years.  Telluride is serviced by two regional airports; Telluride (TEX), just 10 minutes from both Mountain Village and Telluride, and Montrose (MTJ), a 75 minute shuttle ride to the destination.

 

 

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