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First-Ever Commercial Jet Service Coming to Telluride Airport

TELLURIDE, Colorado (April 5, 2019) – For the first time in its history, the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) will offer commercial jet service. Denver Air Connection, who maintain an interline relationship with United Airlines, will launch daily flights on the 30-seat Dornier 328JET from Denver (DEN) to TEX on May 15, 2019. The flights will operate year-round with the exception of two short seasonal breaks in spring and fall.

Denver Air Connection’s relationship with United enables travelers to book and connect through the global United network to the TEX airport. The Dornier 328JET offers a comfortable 30-seat configuration with full in-flight services. Flight time from DEN-TEX will be just 40 minutes in the air, and the schedule will be optimized for connections through Denver.

“Through the combined efforts of all the involved parties, we are thrilled to announce this milestone in air service for the Telluride region,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “Jet service for the Telluride airport, located just 10 minutes from downtown and the slopes, will provide both our residents and visitors fast, comfortable flights from Denver and United’s worldwide connections beyond.”

The Telluride destination, known as the festival capital of Colorado in the summer months and ranked five of the last six years as the #1 ski resort in North American by Conde Nast, is served by two airports — TEX, now offering commercial options on Denver Air Connection and Boutique Air with their United relationships, and the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), offering nonstop flights to 11 hubs nationwide on four major carriers. The TEX airport has a long history of commercial turboprop service, and the Denver Air flights will be the first operated on a jet.

“Jet service from DEN to TEX greatly improves accessibility and convenience,” said Telluride Mayor Sean Murphy. “It is a game-changer that enhances Telluride’s global profile.”

Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez added, “The expansion of commercial jet service into Telluride Regional Airport is a tremendous benefit for our community and visitors. The continued growth in air capacity and flight options is a significant driver for our local economy. We thank the Colorado Flights Alliance team for making jet service to TEX both an ongoing priority and a reality.”

Travelers can book now through United or Denver Air Connection for travel from May 15 at www.united.com and www.denverairconnection.com.

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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NY Daily Latest Flight Addition for Telluride

Winter Schedule Features 15 Non-Stop Flights from 11 Hubs Nationwide

TELLURIDE, Colorado (October 19, 2018) – Telluride’s air service continues to expand with New York flights going daily this winter, along with added daily holiday flights from San Francisco and larger jets from Dallas-Ft. Worth to the Telluride/Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). The destination will also see added Denver directs into the Telluride Airport (TEX).

United’s Newark International Airport (EWR) to MTJ route will see a significant increase in service this winter, now running daily during the core weeks of the season from Dec. 19 – Jan. 6 and Feb. 16 – Mar. 30, with Saturday & Sunday flights Jan 12 – Feb 10. Noting for our New York travelers, the former weekly La Guardia (LGA) flights will be absorbed into the expanded Newark service.

“The New York City metro area is one of the largest ski markets in North America and it’s an important destination market for Telluride as well.” said Bill Jensen, Telluride Ski Resort’s CEO. “Working with United Airlines to increase the frequency of new flights and access options for guests traveling from the northeastern U.S. has been a top priority for the destination, and we anticipate our guests will appreciate this increase in nonstop flights and frequency between Newark and Montrose.”

United is also adding daily holiday flights from San Francisco (SFO) to MTJ to complement three-times weekly service through the season, and American is featuring larger jets this winter with the 160-seat Boeing 737-800 on the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) – MTJ morning route.

As recently announced, United partner Boutique Air is now flying DEN – TEX multiple times daily year-round, allowing travelers to connect from all over the country into the airport just 10 minutes from Telluride and the ski resort.

The 2018-19 winter season will see an overall increase in air service of approximately 7% into the two airports serving the destination, MTJ & TEX. This is a 28% increase over the last three years.

The two airports now feature 15 nonstop flights from 11 major hubs, including seven daily nonstop flights from six major hubs.

“We’re proud of the recent major steps we’ve taken in building travel options for both our incoming guests and regional travelers,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “Telluride ranks among the best in mountain destinations for nonstop or one-stop flights from all over the country on the major carriers.”

For full winter schedule information, please visit www.coloradoflights.org/schedule, and for vacation booking and information, please visit www.visittelluride.com and www.tellurideskiresort.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

 

 

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

 

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