TELLURIDE ANNOUNCES MORE AIRLINE SERVICE FOR WINTER 09-10

Expanded Air Service, Booking Pace Up 12%, Stay and Ski Packages Start at $91

TELLURIDE, Colo. (Nov.17, 2009) -The TMRAO (Telluride/Montrose Regional Air Organization) announced enhanced air service for the upcoming 09-10 winter season, providing visitors and guests even more ease and accessibility into the Telluride/Montrose region. This winter’s total number of air seats to Telluride/Montrose maintains pace with last year’s record number and boasts 9 non-stop destinations: Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Dallas Ft. Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, and Los Angeles. Air bookings are currently pacing 12% up over last year at the same time.

New this winter from United Airlines is a second Saturday flight from Chicago during peak winter travel periods and two class service (First and Coach) from Los Angeles on Saturdays. United also adds Sunday service out of L.A. this season for Telluride travelers. All told, Telluride has nine non-stop destinations into the Telluride/Montrose regional airport on six different carriers. Skiers can easily access Telluride directly from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

“The enhancement of our exceptional air service will truly benefit our guests, as many connecting domestic and international visitors will have easier access into the Telluride and Montrose Airports,” said Scott Stewart of TMRAO. “While many leisure destinations are seeing a sizeable decrease in available seats year over year, Telluride is expanding markets and maintaining service levels.”

“The addition of new flights increase Telluride’s accessibility each year, offering our skiers and riders an ease in travel schedules,” said Telluride Ski Resort CEO Dave Riley.

“With new terrain and amenities this year, coupled with the same great service, we are proud to offer greater access to all our committed guests and potential new visitors.”

The six carriers providing services this year include American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Great Lakes, United and USAirways. International travelers will find same day connections when flying from European cities such as London, Dublin, Paris or Frankfurt; South American beauties such as Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago; and many of Mexico’s cities. Australian and Canadian travelers also benefit from easier connections through LA, New York, and Denver and well as hundreds of cities across the United States.

The overall booking trend is showing fuller planes than previous years, earlier. Connecting flights to Montrose/Telluride are also showing greater bookings, earlier in the fall booking season. Travel recommendations this season for cheaper fares include; buying earlier; travel mid-week (Sun-Wed inbound and Tue-Fri outbound); travel off peak seasonally and try to avoid holidays (January 5 – February 11 is a great time to fly in!).

Ski and Stay Package today at Telluride start at $91! To book your Telluride vacation today, please call 1-800-778-8581 or www.tellurideskiresort.com. For more information on the TMRAO and air service this season, please contact Scott Stewart at 970-728-7465.