The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, also known as Sardy Field, and has the airport designator”ASE” serves the greater Aspen-Snowmass area. This small, county-owned public airport is served by only two airlines, which operate daily, all year long. This is the country’s only slope side airport, and is located in the Roaring Fork Valley. It is only three miles from Aspen and six to Snowmass Village. Both of these are extremely popular ski destination for vacationers, and as such the airport is very busy during ski season. It runs more than a hundred fights per week, including both direct and connecting flights.
Currently, the two airlines that serve the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport are United Express, which is operated by SkyWest, and Republic Airlines, which is operated by Frontier Airlines. Both of these airlines have full service for the local public, including baggage claims, ticket counters, and offices taxi Gent Zaventem. Both airlines receive and return service from Denver International Airport, although during the high ski season United flies to Chicago-O’Hare, Los Angeles-LAX, San Francisco, and Houston-Intercontinental.
This airport’s airspace is under the jurisdiction and control of the FAA Air Traffic Control tower and the airspace surrounding the airport is listed as Class D airspace. The Control Tower is operating daily from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM, and is completely closed between the hours of 11 PM and 7 AM. The runway is currently being extended from its current length of 7,006 feet to 8,006 feet by November 30. It was also recently re-asphalted and improved.
The Sardy Field terminal was also recently renovated. It was originally built in 1976, and has since been expanded several times to its current size of 44,000 square feet. It is a single-floor facility and has all the main services passengers and airport staff will require, such as a full-service restaurant, bar, courtesy telephones, bathroom facilities, a gift and news shop, newspaper vendor, lockers, food and drink vending machines, administrative offices, ground transport agencies, and five rental car kiosks. There is also a customer service desk, where travelers can obtain information about flights, local transportation, and events.
Arrivals to and departures from the Aspen/Pitken Country Airport come in at different ends of the runway, depending on their approach, since one side of the valley the airport is located in features steep mountain ridges. The organization of the flight paths and departures will change when the Sardy Field runway lengthening project is complete in November 2011. Departures and arrivals are listed on the airport’s website and are regularly updated.
Baggage claim and handling is done on-site. Due to strict federal flight security procedures, it is recommended that all fliers arrive at Sardy Field at least an hour prior to departure, to avoid long waits in line and rushing. Always be sure to clearly label your baggage and not exceed the number of checked or carry-on items allowed.
When you are traveling to Aspen-Snowmass, your trip through the Aspen/Pitken County Airport should be smooth and uneventful. Plan ahead to have ground transport available, whether it is a rental car or shuttle service. The sooner you get to your destination, the sooner you can begin enjoying your vacation.
Going to your destination from the airport after getting off from a flight can sometimes be a very hectic job, especially when yours was a long flight. Arranging for and availing any transportation service from the airport can prove to be a challenging task. Most people who travel via air and land in another city often encounter several problems in finding a taxi service. Drivers charge high fares after observing that the customer is new in town, and sometimes the taxi service may not be exactly according to your needs. Here, we discuss some of the common issues that clients face, and what they deserve from a good taxi service.
The airport taxi service should transport you from the airport to anywhere in the city. You deserve to be taken to your required destination since you are the client, and you are paying the fare. If the luggage with you is large, then the taxi service should also provide you with the transportation of goods.
The transport service should offer reasonable rates to you. You must not accept the first price you get from the airport taxi service. In order to increase your chances of getting a good transport service, compare several options, especially if time allows.
Just like every other trip is planned, you should also prepare for transportation that will take you from the airport to your required destination. Planning before hand gives you ample time as well as the liberty to find and negotiate low rates. It will also help you avoid unnecessary delays once you land on the airport. It is also important for you to book early in times of peak seasons, such as religious festivals. There is lots of traffic in the days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Do note that different services have different packages, and you should therefore book based on your particular requirements, such as your destination and the number of people in the trip.
When you have made a shortlist of all the potential airport taxi services, narrow down on one by making several considerations. If you lack negotiating skills and find it difficult to talk with the taxi drivers to get the fare adjusted, you should ask your traveling agency to do it for you. Having knowledge of services and packages offered by the taxi company will help you decide on what to choose. Remember, it is as important in being time-efficient as it is saving money.