Ailrlines commit to longer contracts with Eagle airport |

Ailrlines commit to longer contracts with Eagle airport

Veronica Whitney

Eagle County has inked three-year agreements with four of its major air carriers. Northwest, Delta, United Express and Continental have all agreed to three-year lease extensions. These airlines were all on one-year agreements with the airport.

Starting Dec. 20 and through April 4, US Airways will begin service to Eagle County. On weekends, the airline will be fly a Boeing 757 nonstop between Eagle County Airport and Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C.

The addition of US Airways means two more hubs and more direct service to major cities in the United States.

With the new service, passengers from 14 cities in the United States will be able to fly direct to the county airport. So far, Northwest, Continental, Delta, American and United Express have offered direct service from New York City, Newark, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Denver.

After successful summer flights between Eagle County and Dallas, the county is also working with Kent Myers of Airplanners LLC to explore other options for year-round service and expand summer flights.

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