The upcoming United-Continental merger might bring more changes then just a new plane design.
Could the upcoming United Airlines and Continental merger mean more flights aimed at the snow sports community? That’s definitely a possibility as United announced Houston, TX, which is home to Continental headquarters and airport hub, will now see once-daily non-stop flights from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport under United Express service. The new route is set to run from January 4, 2011 through April 2, 2011.
United’s new nonstop service – flight UA 6203 – will depart Houston at 9:18 a.m. and land in Aspen/Snowmass at 11:08 a.m. Return flight UA 7037 will depart Aspen at 2:35 p.m. and touch down in Houston at 6:05 p.m.
“We greatly appreciate United Airlines stepping up once again with even more new flights into Aspen/Snowmass and believe this new service from Texas will be mutually beneficial,” said David Perry, Senior Vice President – Mountain Division for Aspen Skiing Company.
“The addition of Houston as a destination will open numerous connections for locals and visitors alike that have been challenging in the past,” said Aspen/Pitkin County Airport Director, Jim Elwood.
“In addition to making it easier than ever to fly between Houston and Aspen/Snowmass, this new route is also going to offer superb connections from Florida and across Latin America.” said Bill Tomcich, President of Stay Aspen/Snowmass. “Travelers flying the global route network of the Star Alliance will now have more connecting options into Aspen/Snowmass than ever before,” Tomcich added.
As an added bonus for skiers and snowboarders, United Airlines travelers will be treated to some amazing ski content in the upcoming October issue of United’s in-flight magazine, “Hemispheres.” The new issue will highlight some of the most exciting ski destinations that United travelers can access under the numerous routes the airline offers for ski and snowboard fans alike.
United Airlines has really embraced the winter sports community in recent years by consistently adding new flights to ski resorts nationwide. Last year, United added several more daily flights to Aspen with more trips out of Chicago and San Francisco, which effectively doubled capacity.
This year, United had again upped their capacity and is scheduled to operate four daily non-stops from Chicago, three from Los Angeles, two from San Francisco, and 11 daily trips between Aspen and Denver, for a total of 21 flights daily into and out of Aspen/Snowmass for this upcoming winter season.
All flights into Aspen/Snowmass will be operated by SkyWest Airlines with CRJ700 aircraft, featuring a United First cabin and United Economy Plus seating, which offers customers up to five inches of additional legroom. These new flights will be available for sale on www.united.com this Saturday, September 4.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is located only three miles from Aspen and seven miles from Snowmass Village, the closest airport to any ski resort in North America.