Frontier changes plans, decides to keep Aspen air service

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 18, 2010 7:54 am

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday that its Denver to Aspen fiights will continue after all. The airline had said in late July that it would end the service on Sept. 31. Instead, Frontier will offer one departure per day in each direction from Oct. 1 through Nov. 17, two departures per day Nov. 18 through Dec. 15 and four daily departures from Dec. 16 through April 2011.

Frontier decided to hold onto three Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft  that will be used for flights within Colorado from Denver to Aspen, Durango and Colorado Springs.

“Frontier is very pleased to be able to continue to serve the Aspen area,” said Daniel Shurz, vice president of strategy and planning. “The versatility of the Q400 aircraft makes it an ideal and cost-effective aircraft to fly into Aspen and, with this continuing schedule, we will be able to offer travelers to Aspen a low-cost, high-quality experience for their fall and winter travel.”

Delta has discontinued service to Aspen for the coming ski season, but United remains the biggest carrier into the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.  When Delta eliminated the route, United added more flights. United uses jet airplanes for its service.

The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is located just a couple of minutes from the town of Aspen and Aspen Mountain ski area. The slopes of Buttermilk, the home of ESPN’s X-Games, are even closer and are easily visible from the tarmac. Snowmass and Aspen Highlands ski resorts are also nearby. Flying into Aspen saves travelers a four-hour drive from the Denver airport.

(Photo courtesy of ASC/Tom Morrison)