Telluride-To-Phoenix Air Service This Winter

America West/U.S. Air will renew its winter service between Telluride Regional Airport and Phoenix this winter with two daily non-stop flights, beginning December 15, 2006, with a 37-passenger Dash 8 aircraft operating the Telluride-to-Phoenix air service through March 31, 2007.

“We’re pleased that America West/USAir will be serving the Telluride Airport this coming winter,” said Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization President Tom Hess.

Hess went on to pronounce the Telluride-to-Phoenix route as benefiting “both Telluride local residents and visitors alike,” while at the same time “providing great connections to other destinations in Arizona, Southern California and the West Coast.”
Effective Friday, Dec. 15, Telluride-bound flights will depart from Phoenix daily at 9:45 and 11:11 a.m., while Phoenix-bound flights depart Telluride daily at 11:48 a.m. and 1:29 p.m. Flight time is not quite two hours.

The TMRAO is pursuing air-service growth for both Telluride and Montrose airports to meet local and visitor traveler demand through revenue guarantee agreements with air carriers.

Hess estimates that the TMRAO program brings direct guest spending of more than $60 million dollars to the Telluride/Montrose region, going on to generate over $200 million in combined economic activity.

In other airline news, TMRAO has secured air service for the coming winter into the Telluride and Montrose regional airports from nine non-stop destinations (with thousands of worldwide connections) on five major U.S. Carriers. For more information, please call 970/728-7465.

The recent merger of U.S. Airways and America West has created this country’s fifth largest domestic airline, employing nearly 35,000 aviation professionals. U.S. Airways, U.S. Airways Shuttle and U.S. Airways Express operate approximately 3,800 flights per day, serving more than 230 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

U.S. Airways is a member of Star Alliance, the global airline alliance established in 1997 with the goal of offering customers both worldwide access and a smooth travel experience, and now offering more than 15,500 daily flights to 842 destinations in 152 countries. Voted Best Airline Alliance by Skytrax in 2003 and 2005, Star Alliance members include Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, THAI, United, U.S. Airways and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network.

TMRAO Adds Non-stop Service

Delta Flights Will Serve Montrose Regional Airport This Winter

Delta Air Lines will begin new eight-times weekly service between Salt Lake City and the Montrose Regional airport beginning Dec. 14, 2006. Saturday service on a Delta flight between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport and Montrose will begin Dec. 16, 2006.

The Salt Lake City flights will be on the quiet and comfortable 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet aircraft, and the 142-seat MD88 jet aircraft will provide service from Atlanta.

“We’re pleased that Delta will be serving the Telluride/Montrose area this coming winter,” said Tom Hess, president of the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization. “They have a strong route network that should provide additional service options out west with service from and through Salt Lake City and in Florida and the Southeast via the Atlanta service.”

“Delta is pleased to offer service to Telluride/Montrose via the Montrose Regional Airport, an area rich in natural beauty and full of recreational opportunities desired by many leisure travelers,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s vice president of network planning. “The reach and convenience of our Atlanta hub will make it easier for Telluride/Montrose area customers to reach most any point on the globe, whether their final destination is Atlanta or Athens, Greece.”

In 2006 Delta is continuing to aggressively transform its network to expand into new or underserved markets to bring its customers one-stop access to the world. The new flights will connect customers to nearly 200 worldwide destinations via Atlanta and over 100 destinations via Salt Lake City.

Delta’s new Saturday non-stop service between Montrose and Atlanta will depart Atlanta at 9:15 a.m., arriving in Montrose at 11:04 a.m. The plane will leave Montrose at 11:55 a.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 4:55 p.m.

The eight-times weekly non-stop service between Montrose and Salt Lake City will depart Salt Lake Sunday through Friday at 11 a.m., arriving in Montrose at 12:03 p.m., and will depart Montrose at 1:12 p.m., arriving in Salt Lake at 2:15 p.m.

Saturday service between Salt Lake and Montrose will feature two flights, the first departing Salt Lake at 9:30 a.m. and arriving Montrose at 10:33 a.m., then leaving Montrose at 11:05 and arriving Salt Lake at 12:08 p.m. The second flight will depart Salt Lake at 1:05 p.m., arriving Montrose at 2:08 p.m., and depart Montrose at 3:05 p.m., arriving Salt Lake at 4:08 p.m.

“We’re excited to have the new Delta Service to the region,” said Ken Stone, vice-president of sales and marketing for the Telluride Ski Resort and TMRAO board member. “Delta is known to fly a higher end traveler that is a great fit for the terrific resort services and amenities offered in the region. We expect this service to bring many new travelers to the region and to be very successful.”

Delta’s flagship hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s largest airline hub at the busiest airport in the world. Delta offers flights to 447 destinations in 96 countries on Delta, Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and its worldwide partners. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.

TMRAO focuses on actively pursuing air service to meet local and visitor traveler demand. This is often facilitated through revenue guarantee agreements with air carriers. The estimated yearly direct guest spending economic impact to the region, due to TMRAO’s air program, is over $50 million and the combined economic activity in the region due to the Telluride and Montrose Airports is over $200 million.

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