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United Airlines seasonal monopoly at Aspen airport to end in December

United Airlines recently announced it will be ending its seasonal flights monopoly at the Aspen airport effective December 13, 2012.

The airline stated that its locals’ airfare special ended recently out of Aspen, and the prices of air tickets are likely to be steep through November for the fall off-season.

United Airlines had until now offered air tickets at $109.80 one-way for flights between Aspen and Denver. Roaring Fork Valley residents were also offered round-trip tickets at $161.60 for flights between the two destinations. However, the airline has so far not released any data providing details about the number of locals having taken advantage of special airfare this summer.
American Airlines recently suspended its flights to Aspen until December this year leaving the field open for United Airlines, which now remains to be the only operator at the Aspen airport.

United Airlines stated that it is currently evaluating whether to resume the sale of the locals’ airfare special for the winter or next summer.
The airline would be offering 7 to 8 daily flights out of Aspen into early October. The airline would be scaling back 4 to 5 flights to Denver only through November 27, 2012 as off-season deepens in October.

United Airlines indicated that its seasonal monopoly would end at Aspen airport from December 13, 2012, when American Airlines would be resuming its flights services here.