After announcing last month that DEN-TEX flights would be returning next season, the flights became available for purchase live in the United system at www.United.com this week.
Travelers can book from anywhere in the United network through to the Telluride (TEX) airport with travel dates starting December 17, 2016.
Travelers can also book at www.flygreatlakes.com for the DEN-TEX route.
It has been two years since Telluride has had regular daily service to their airport, which is known for its crazy runway located on a mesa plateau with a sheer, 1,000 foot dropoff to the San Miguel River below. In 2009, that runway received a $24 million upgrade to reduce the notorious dip in the middle of the runway, making it safer for takeoff and landing.
Great Lakes and the Colorado Flights Alliance worked hard to bring service back to TEX for the 2016-17 season.
“Great Lakes had provided 17 years of continuous service to the convenient Telluride airport," said Doug Voss, CEO of Great Lakes. "We look forward to the restart of scheduled airline service from our Denver hub in December.”
Getting commercial service back to the Telluride Airport had been a primary focus of the TEX Board and management for the past two years, said Jon Dwight, Chairman of the Board of the Telluride Regional Airport Authority.
"Thanks to the hard work of Colorado Flights, we have met our goal," Dwight said. “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.”
Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner said commercial air service to TEX is hugely important to both visitors and residents alike.
"We have been diligently working on its return for the past two years, exploring every possible option," Skinner said. "Ultimately, we are more than pleased to have our original partner, who knows the airport and the operation, back flying here.”