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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.

 

 

Telluride Continues to Add Winter Flights

Telluride Continues to Add Winter Flights

Ranks Among Best in Mountain Airports with 15 Non-Stop Flights

 

TELLURIDE, Colorado (September 7, 2017) – Telluride will once again see a jump in air service for the 2017-18 winter season, continuing to add flight options and ranking among the best in mountain resorts for access.

Telluride is adding yet another hub to its list of direct flights with Charlotte (CLT) service to Telluride/Montrose Airport (MTJ) on American Airlines. Charlotte, American’s second largest hub, provides great connectivity for eastern and international travelers to easily access Telluride. Flights from CLT to MTJ will run Saturdays from Dec. 23, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

As American continues to push forward in leaps for the Telluride region, Dallas (DFW) will see an added second daily flight over Thanksgiving and third daily flight over the Christmas/New Year’s holidays, complementing daily mainline jet service and twice-daily flights through the bulk of the season. American flights from Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX) will continue to run daily through the winter, along with service from Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Delta Airlines will operate new flights this winter from Salt Lake City (SLC) to MTJ over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This service provides excellent access for those traveling from the west, as well as Delta’s eastern hubs, and is a precursor to adding a possible season-long route next year. Delta will continue to fly three times a week from Atlanta (ATL) to MTJ as well.

Core-carrier United Airlines will run an additional daily Denver (DEN)-MTJ flight, bringing that total to 4-6 per day through the season. United will also continue to operate daily flights from Houston (IAH) and Chicago (ORD), along with 1-3 flights weekly from New York’s La Guardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).

Telluride is still reveling in the return of commercial flights to Telluride Airport (TEX), just 10 minutes from town and the ski area. TEX will continue to see daily service throughout the year from Denver (DEN) on United partner Great Lakes Airlines, averaging 10 flights per week.

Low-cost carrier Allegiant will continue service into MTJ from Los Angeles (LAX) twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“Telluride continues to lead the charge for air accessibility in the ski industry,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “We rank among the best in mountain airports 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. Both our guests and locals alike will enjoy the multiple options with easy access to and from domestic and international destinations.”

For the two airports serving the destination, Telluride (TEX) and Montrose (MTJ), the added service brings the total to 15 non-stop flights (16 over the holiday season) from 12 major hubs for the 2017-18 winter. This is as good, or better, than every mountain airport in North America. In comparison to other ski destinations around the country:

o   ASE: 10 hubs, 13 nonstop flights

o   JAC: 12 hubs, 15 nonstop flights

o   EGE: 14 hubs, 15 nonstop flights

o   HDN: 14 hubs, 15 nonstop flights (2 of each on regional carrier)

“The direct economic impact of added flights is invaluable to the region,” said Michael Martelon, CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board. “Air service is a driver that delivers to all areas of the regional economy.”

This 2017-18 winter season will see an overall increase in air service to the Telluride region of approximately 5%, with a 43% increase over the last three years.

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, www.aa.com, www.delta.com and www.allegiantair.com.

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

*Schedules subject to change. United flights may be serviced by United Airlines or United Express. American flights may be serviced by American Airlines or Envoy/American Eagle.

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.

        

Media Contact:

Tom Watkinson

Public Relations

tom@visittelluride.com – 970.369.2106

 

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