The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization has negotiated direct flights with United and American this summer, with United offer flights between Houston and Montrose on Wednesdays and Saturdays and American offering daily flights daily between Dallas and Montrose.
Summer service runs through September 4 on the American/Dallas to Montrose route and through October 6 on the United/Houston to Montrose option.
“A year ago, we didn't believe we would be able to acquire summer flights from Houston and Dallas for summer 2012 due to many factors, including flight program cost increases and TMRAO's limited financial resources,” said Scott Stewart, TMRAO Executive Director. ”Our local governments stressed the importance of having regional year round access so we worked very hard to secure these flights. Additional financial assistance from our local governments and businesses made this boost to our air program possible which, I believe will bring a direct and significant economic impact to the region.”
United Flight 6153 will depart Houston Intercontinental (IAH) at 11:45 a.m. and arrive in Montrose (MTJ) at 1:23 p.m. United Flight 6153 leaves Montrose (MTJ) at 2:15 pm and lands in Houston (IAH) at 5:56 p.m.
American Flight 3257 will depart Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) at 12:30 p.m. and arrive in Montrose (MTJ) at 1:25 p.m. American Flight 3323 leaves Montrose (MTJ) at 1:55 p.m. and arrives in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) at 5:05 p.m. In addition to adding crucial domestic air service, these flights also make for convenient travel connections to several international cities including Mexico City, Bueños Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo.
Both flights have been loaded into the airlines’ respective systems and are ready for bookings.
“Despite our success in maintaining the Dallas and Houston flights, we have seen a decrease in flights on United from Denver for this summer”, adds Scott Stewart. “We are in a very challenging airline service environment where many small communities are losing air service. Fortunately, we have an organized support program in TMRAO and a supportive community that is proactively working to retain air service to the Montrose Airport. The economic impacts and opportunities commercial air service provides a community is critical to a healthy community.”