Heightened Security at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport



 (Aspen, CO) Travelers flying out of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport are reminded to allow extra time to check in and be processed through security.


“Even though we operate a relatively small airport, it is still important to allow enough time to ensure you don’t miss your flight,” said Assistant Director of Aviation, David Ulane. “We highly recommend allowing at least one hour before your flight,” Ulane said.


Recent terrorist activity directed at commercial aircraft has resulted in the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) taking more precautions processing travelers. While the TSA won’t reveal just what those precautions are, they can add to the time it takes to screen travelers.


There are as many as five flights departing from the airport between 7 am and 8:30 am on any given day during the height of the winter season. That can result in a large number of passengers checking in and going through security at the same time.


“We are doing our best to provide amenities to travelers who find themselves spending a little time in our terminal,” Ulane said. “We have free wireless internet service, a nice café, trained customer service reps and live music from local musicians from time to time.”


The airport terminal is open from 5 am to 11:30 pm seven days a week. Up-to-the-minute airline arrival and departure information is available on COMCAST channel 8 and online at aspenairport.com. Airport Guest Services can be reached at 920-5380.


Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2010