United Airlines Expands Route From Orange County To Aspen

United Airlines added a new non-stop flight from Orange County, California, to Aspen for the upcoming winter season. Fly Aspen Snowmass announced the news on Friday, August 31, the Delta Airlines will operate in the scheduled route from December 16 to March 26, providing daily flights between John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, and the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

Delta has scheduled the 2 hours 8 minutes flight from the John Wayne Airport to leave at 4 p.m(Pacific Time) and arrive at the ASE after 7 p.m(Mountain Time). Similarly, the flight from ASE will leave at 2 p.m(Mountain Time) and arrive at SNA after 3 p.m(Pacific Time). 

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The new routes for winter flights are already loaded into the United’s service and can be booked by the route travelers. The travelers can book the one-way tickets starting at $259 for the coach and $439 for the first-class. 

SkyWest Airlines Operating Scheduled Routes

The Utah-based carrier, SkyWest Airlines, will operate the new routes in the Delta service list to Aspen. SkyWest Airlines operates in partnership with Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines, the subsidiary of SkyWest Inc. carried more than 43 million travelers during the peak of 2019. Currently, the 450 aircraft fleet size of SkyWest Airlines operates in more than 236 destinations throughout North America. 

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The new Orange County to Aspen route scheduled for up to 37 daily flights will mark the return of the ASE to its pre-pandemic winter levels, as per the liaison on behalf of the airport, Bill Tomcich. However, the flights have not been anticipated to be a record like the current summer season during the initial period. The ASE operated as many as 23 flights daily (24 on Saturdays). The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport set the record for winter flights during the 2017-18 season, with as many as 41 flights per day. 

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With the operation of this unique route from Orange County, this could be an instant with the local residents who prefer to fly from the ASE, which is a far more convenient option for the travelers who live south of the Los Angeles International Airport(LAX). The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport itself is much easier to navigate to, another reason why the route with United Airlines is hoped to pull travelers making winter trips. 

United Airlines Covering Services To Most Ski-Destinations

United, with the addition of the New Orange County To Aspen Route for the upcoming winter season, the Chicago-based airlines say it will offer non-stop services to most ski-destination from Southern California. Colorado is home to some of the top ski destinations, including places like Bale and Telluride, including Aspen; during the winter seasons, the aircraft and operations in the region significantly increase to meet the increasing ski demand. United Airlines will be operating up to 8 daily flights from Aspen to Denver International Airport, up to 5 daily operations to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and four daily flights to George Bush International Airport, Houston, including two flights daily to  LAX and San Francisco International Airport during the winter peak. 

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The airline has initial plans to boost its services to nine outdoor-friendly destinations between December 2021 and March 2022. The airports including Aspen(ASE), Bozeman(BZN), Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado(GUC), Hayden/Steamboat Springs(HDN), Jackson, Wyoming(JAC), Kalispell, Montana(FCA), Montrose(MTJ), Sun Valley, Idaho(SUN) and Vail/Eagle(EGE) are the airports receiving increased service from the airlines. 

Although many of the boosting plans of United will restore its service back to the pre-pandemic level in the upcoming winter, some of the schedule updates of the United Airlines represent its notable records from historical high from 2019.

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