TELLURIDE/MONTROSE – Airline service into Telluride and Montrose airports l steps it up this ski season.
The Telluride/Montrose Regional Air Organization has announced that “total number of air seats to Telluride/Montrose maintains pace with last year’s record number,” with six different carriers flying to nine nonstop destinations: Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Dallas Ft. Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, and Los Angeles.
Already, bookings are up – “currently pacing 12 percent up over last year at the same time,” the organization reported, in a press release.
New this winter from United Airlines is a second Saturday flight from Chicago during peak winter travel periods and both first and coach service from Los Angeles on Saturdays, with United adding Sunday service out of Los Angeles for Telluride travelers. “The enhancement of our exceptional air service will truly benefit our guests, as many connecting domestic and international visitors will have easier access into the Telluride and Montrose Airports,” said Scott Stewart of TMRAO. “While many leisure destinations are seeing a sizeable decrease in available seats year over year, Telluride is expanding markets and maintaining service levels.”
The increase in air service lends an air of optimism to ski-area projections: “The addition of new flights increase Telluride’s accessibility each year, offering our skiers and riders an ease in travel schedules,” said Telluride Ski Resort CEO Dave Riley. “With new terrain and amenities this year, coupled with the same great service, we are proud to offer greater access to all our committed guests and potential new visitors.”
The six carriers providing services this year include American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Great Lakes, United and USAirways. International travelers will find same-day connections when flying from European cities such as London, Dublin, Paris or Frankfurt; to South America’s Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago; and many Mexico cities. Australian and Canadian travelers will benefit from easier connections through L.A., New York, and Denver, as well as throughout the United States.
The overall booking trend, Stewart reports, is “fuller planes than in previous years, earlier,” with connecting flights to Montrose/Telluride “also showing greater bookings, earlier in the fall booking season.”
With that pattern in mind, Stewart suggests customers seeking out bargain fares buy early, travel mid-week and off-peak, and avoid holidays.