Aspen Pitkin County Airport

Last month, Pitkin County released a report detailing the environmental impacts of proposed changes at the airport. The public can skip the 250-page document and learn about the project in person this week.

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The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners heard an update Tuesday about the potential environmental impacts from a proposed expansion at the airport.

  This summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made a ruling that will result in longer delays at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport.

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The results are in from an environmental analysis of the proposed expansion of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. The public has a chance to learn more Thursday evening.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Elizabeth Stewert Severy present a compilation of the week’s news.

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The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the busiest of the year at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. And, due to weather, it’s also one of the most dangerous.

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Pitkin County officials hosted an open house last night to present the latest iteration of conceptual plans for an expanded airport. Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

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The presence of law enforcement will be constant at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport for the near future. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

Just like many places around the country, security is being beefed up at Sardy Field in response to Monday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says he was asked by John Kinney, the airport’s director, to provide a deputy on site. The sheriff says an armed officer will be at the airport from the time it opens to the time it closes — for at least the next few days.

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Aspen Pitkin County Airport Director John Kinney told City Council on Tuesday that it’s important to reach out to all interested parties prior to launching an environmental assessment required for a terminal expansion.

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The Aspen Pitkin County Airport is working on an Environmental Assessment of a new runway and terminal. The airport plan has been through several rounds of comment and review.

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It’s been a little trickier getting around the Aspen Pitkin County Airport, ever since officials expanded the secure passenger lounge. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the change has also prompted a big bump for one business inside the airport.

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  As visitors, businesses, and locals grapple with the Glenwood Canyon closure, the Aspen Airport has had to cancel or delay nearly thirty flights. Officials hope to be back up and running on all cylinders today.

  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.

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