Aspen Pitkin County Airport

  This month Aspen Pitkin County Airport is experiencing its highest passenger volume in almost two decades. Aspen Public Radio takes a look at what this means for a short-staffed Transportation Security Administration.

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The busiest time of year for the Aspen Pitkin County Airport is also the most tenuous as far as weather delays and cancelations. This year a waiting area expansion project adds to the chaos.

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Starting Thursday (12/17) the Transportation Security Administration says it will open a fast-track security lane at the Aspen airport more often. The TSA Precheck option has not been open consistently.

Opening the lane depends on the number of staff working and how many passengers are in the airport. Prior to the busy holiday season, the Precheck lane at Sardy Field wasn’t always open, though TSA won’t say how often it was closed. Agency spokeswoman Carrie Harmon says the lane will be open more consistently over Christmas and New Years, but...

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

The Pitkin County Commissioners have chosen two concepts for a new airport terminal. The decision comes after lots of public feedback. 

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  Elected leaders are considering increasing the secured area at the Aspen airport to handle large amounts of people trying to get through TSA.


Pitkin County will present several preliminary designs for a new airport terminal next week, on Oct. 22nd.

The concept drawings range from a single-story building to a two-story configuration. The designs incorporate community input given at community meetings last spring. Airport Director John Kinney said in a statement community comments led to designs where views are maximized, the size is appropriate and interior is intimate with a “small town feel.”

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Aspen Pitkin County Airport Director John Kinney is meeting with the public in a series of coffee chats to talk about the facility’s development plans.

Federal Funding shortfalls meant a reorganization of priorities for updates to the airport

Proposed improvements narrowed at Aspen Airport

Sep 8, 2015

The Pitkin County commissioners will decide Wednesday whether to approve an update to projects planned at the Aspen airport.

Airport and local emergency responders will get practice dealing with a full-scale simulated plane crash at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport Tuesday (8/31).