Colorado ski area airport mulls international traffic

Colorado ski area airport mulls international traffic

Eagle County Regional Airport, which serves some of the nation's best ski resorts, may start accepting direct international flights as early as next winter, reports the Vail Daily.

Airport authorities and Vail Valley Jet Center commissioned a study from the Boyd Group, an aviation consulting firm, to evaluate the pros and cons of international traffic in Eagle County.

"The Vail Valley is a world class resort right now, so having an international terminal would be very important, if not a necessity," Mike Boyd, a member of the consulting group, told the source. "This is a world-class destination and a world-class facility where people will be flying in their business jets, which would be important for the community."

Although the airport is too far from Europe for planes to make direct flights without stopping to refuel, planes will easily be able to reach Eagle County from Mexico and Canada, which are two prime outreach destinations for the region's ski resorts.

The Boyd Group estimated that adding an international terminal at the Eagle Creek Regional Airport would likely cost around $2.5 million plus another $700,000 each year in operating fees.

By Mary D'Angelo

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