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The EGE Air Alliance and Eagle County Regional Airport recently announced American Airlines will now provide year-round, daily service to EGE from their hub at Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Last spring the EGE Air Alliance announced it would support a fall service, filling the gap between summer and winter seasons. Now the Air Alliance has reached an agreement with American Airlines to serve the spring season as well, resulting in daily year-round flights. The spring flights will be available for sale in three weeks, please check www.flyvail.com for updates.
The spring gap service be served with a CRJ-700 regional jet, providing 70 seats daily from April 3, 2018 through June 6, 2018 when the traditional summer service begins.
“We’re proud to offer year-round service from Dallas Ft. Worth to Eagle County Regional Airport,” said Jason Reisinger, American’s director of Global Network Planning. “We have a long history of flying from Dallas Ft. Worth to EGE going back to 1991, and we’ve grown service to include Chicago, Miami, New York/Kennedy, Los Angeles and Phoenix in the winter season.”
The EGE Air Alliance, made up of both public and private partners including Eagle County, is proud to provide funding to support a vibrant local flight service program that ensures the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) remains a vital part of the Eagle County economy.
Two airlines, two routes
Eagle County Regional Airport will now have two airlines, American and United, each serving a major hub, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Denver, with daily year-round service.
“Creating more opportunities for locals to use their local airport for business and personal travel is part of our mission at the Alliance. Flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth will provide another critical connection between Eagle County and the rest of the world and hopefully encourage more locals to check fares at EGE when planning their travel”, says Mike Brumbaugh, Chair of the EGE Air Alliance.
Chris Romer, President of the Vail Valley Partnership and Peter Dann, EVP, Managing Partner-Vail Valley, East West Destination Hospitality, both encourage their staff to use Eagle County Regional Airport when traveling on company business, why?
“Air service to small community airports is a community effort, but more important it is also a smart business decision. Between the drive time on I-70 and parking fees coupled with shuttle, check-in, and security times of hours at DIA versus minutes at EGE mean real and true cost savings for our not for profit organization. Yes, the Vail Valley Partnership believes in the mission of supporting our regional airport, but just as importantly, much of the time utilizing Eagle County Regional Airport makes better fiscal sense as well.
“We strongly encourage our Associates to use the Eagle County Airport when traveling on company business as well as for their personal travel. The convenience offered by flying in and out of the Eagle County Regional Airport provides many benefits to our Associates, especially when they are attending trade shows. It’s a value proposition, we think, and it contributes to a better balance of work and personal time. We believe the ease of travel and helping to alleviate additional traffic on I-70 is just the right thing to do. The new Dallas/Ft. Worth flight service is a benefit to everyone in Eagle County and for those guests that want to visit the destination during off-peak and off-season timeframes.”
American Airline’s increase in service from Dallas/Ft. Worth will not only bring more than 4,480 additional seats to the airport, but these seats also mean increased enplanements and revenues for the airport, and an increase in available man hours for airport vendors who are typically forced to lay-off staff after the ski season.
“Eagle County is thrilled with this new, year-round service to the Eagle County Regional Airport from Dallas/Fort Worth. These flights provide a great service to our residents as well as our visitors. Thanks to the EGE Air Alliance for their successful work on behalf of the airport and our communities,” says Kathy Chandler-Henry, Eagle County Commissioner.