Friday, September 12, 2008

Why drive to the mountains when you can fly?

Frontier airlines just annouced the addition of Steamboat Springs to their short list of mountain town service. They'll fly their Lynx Avaition Bombardier jet up from Denver 4 times daily begining December 18th. Frontier already flies to Aspen and Durango, oh and Grand Junction (though they don't include that in the ski towns).

Mountain service began last December. And earlier this year Frontier announced that mountain service was up 27%, that was enough growth to convince the company that there's gold in them hills. Plus, the Bombardier Q400 uses 30% less fuel than other jets of its kind.

Meanwhile there have been no updates on the I-70 study or the I-70 Coalition to resovle the traffic problems. So it looks like another ski season of gridlock.
Here's a photo of the Aspen Frontier jet, borrowed from Aspen Fly Guy. You can click the photo to learn more about Frontier's mountain service schedule. But don't expect this to be a cheap alternative to driving. A round-trip same day ticket could cost about $260. But specials are running for under $100 each way to Aspen, Durango or Grand Junction.

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