Colorado Flights has completed a deal with Great Lakes Airlines to reinstate commercial air service to Telluride Airport (TEX) beginning December 17, 2016.
Great Lakes will operate year-round flights to Denver International Airport (DEN), averaging 10 flights per week, with one per day during slower periods and two or more per day during busier times of year.
“Guests from around the world can once again book flights directly into the Telluride Airport, which sits just 10 minutes from town and the ski slopes,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “Commercial air service to TEX is hugely important to both visitors and residents alike, and we have been diligently working on its return for the past two years, exploring every possible option. Ultimately, we are more than pleased to have our original partner, who knows the airport and the operation, back flying here.”
Great Lakes continues in its relationship with United Airlines, and the flights and their national and international connections will be available to book at www.United.com. The TEX-DEN route can also be booked through Great Lakes at www.FlyGreatLakes.com.
“Great Lakes had provided 17 years of continuous service to the convenient Telluride airport. We look forward to the restart of scheduled airline service from our Denver hub in December,” said Doug Voss, CEO of Great Lakes.
The airline is also installing advanced avionics into their fleet to improve performance. In addition, any diversions will now go the Montrose Airport (MTJ), with established ground transportation options to Telluride.
The TEX flights will be loaded and live for sale in the coming weeks.
“Getting commercial service back to the Telluride Airport has been a primary focus of the TEX Board and management for the past two years. Thanks to the hard work of Colorado Flights, we have met our goal,” said Jon Dwight, Chairman of the Board of the Telluride Regional Airport Authority. “This is what the Telluride community has been looking for, and we are pleased that both Colorado Flights and the Telluride Airport have been able to deliver.”
-The preceding is from the Colorado Flights Alliance newsletter