MONTROSE – United Airlines will begin daily flights from Chicago to Montrose/Telluride Regional Airport on Dec. 11 this year. The new Chicago non-stop flight brings the total of daily non-stops to/from the Montrose Regional Airport to five cities.
Other daily non-stop flights operating to Montrose Regional Airport in the winter season come from Denver on United, Dallas on American Airlines, Houston on Continental, and Salt Lake City on Delta Airlines. The Chicago Service will be operated by a CRJ 700 Regional Jet, which has 66 seats including a first class cabin.
“We’re very excited to be offering service non-stop from Chicago,” said Tom Hess, president of the Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization. “Chicago is one of the top visitor markets for the Montrose/Telluride area and these flights will provide excellent service to travelers. This new service also enhances our competitive positioning.”
TMRAO works on stimulating economic development through the air service development. The organization estimates that over $100 million in direct guest spending occurred in the Montrose/Telluride region in 2007 due to the air service.
“The increasing diversity of daily non-stop markets is a great benefit to local businesses and business development,” said Sandy Head, TMRAO board member and executive director of the Montrose Economic Development Corporation.
“We’re always pleased to see local and regional residents have more non-stop flight options and the new Chicago service will provide some great connecting flight options on United,” said Lloyd Arnold, Montrose Regional Airport Director and TMRAO board member.
Flights will depart Chicago at 8:40 a.m., arriving Montrose at 10:40 a.m.; and depart Montrose at 11:14 a.m., arriving Chicago at 3:04 p.m.