Air transport

Here’s why you pay $249 to fly to Denver from Cortez

When Boutique Air raised its ticket prices in Cortez this summer, some customers accused the airline of unfair pricing. The reality is more complex. Boutique started serving the Cortez Municipal...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal funding cuts could affect local infrastructure, transportation

President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the federal budget could be felt locally, with homeownership assistance, infrastructure construction and air service among the areas affected. Colorado...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Boutique Air prices and flight numbers go up

As Boutique Air approaches its first anniversary serving the Cortez Municipal Airport, its ticket prices are going up – but so is the number of people buying those tickets, airport manager Russ...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plane with nose-gear problems lands safely at Durango-La Plata County Airport

A commercial aircraft landed safely Monday at the Durango-La Plata County Airport after reporting nose-gear problems. “United Airlines Flight 5849 is on the ground without incident,” said Tony...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boutique Air CEO stands by airline’s safety

Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson on Friday heralded the “extreme reliability” of the Pilatus PC-12 single-engine aircraft — the plane his company uses – to fly passengers to almost all of the 23...

DATE: July 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez council endorses Boutique Air’s bid for service

Cortez City Council members on Tuesday endorsed Boutique Air’s bid to serve the city and unanimously voted to authorize Mayor Karen Sheek to sign a letter waiving the city’s guarantee for...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Denver flight comes to Cortez airport

The number of people flying from the Cortez Municipal Airport in 2015 was the lowest it’s been since at least the 1970s, according to the airport manager. From almost 9,000 passengers in 2013, the...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

American to offer direct flight from Durango to LA

American Airlines will offer a direct flight between Durango and Los Angeles on Saturdays from June 2 through Aug. 22, said Kip Turner, director of aviation at Durango-La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport ranks low for delays compared to other airports

For routine travelers such as Bayfield resident Ron Martin, the Durango-La Plata County Airport seems to have its share of delays and cancellations. “It’s pretty much a shared frustration that we...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Air travel in Cortez nosedives

One year after Great Lakes Airlines announced reduced flights to and from Cortez, the number of local passengers fell by more than half. With daily service to Denver, the Cortez Municipal Airport...

DATE: April 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Frontier cuts all service to Durango

Frontier Airlines will not resume its Durango to Denver route this summer, leaving United Airlines as the only carrier taking local passengers to Denver. “While we’re disappointed in Frontier’s...

DATE: March 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

American Airlines adds Dallas flight

The number of flights at Durango-La Plata County Airport will increase slightly with American Airlines adding a third daily Dallas flight. Also, the long-awaited return of Frontier Airlines in the...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business