Southwest extends service to Steamboat Springs and Telluride from Denver

Flights to Steamboat Springs and Telluride will be easier to catch from Denver this spring, making flying more attractive to lesser air-served Colorado destinations.

Southwest Airlines announced it will extend service from Denver International Airport to Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and Montrose Regional Airport through June 5.

The extra service to what Southwest usually offers in the winter begins April 6. The carrier plans to provide a flight from DIA to each destination daily, except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The flight to Steamboat leaves Denver at 2:45 p.m. and arrives in Hayden an hour later.

“We always are monitoring trends, and we make adjustments as necessary, but with the positive demand that we have seen, we were able to make that decision,” Alyssa Foster, a spokesperson for the airline, told the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Foster said it is possible flights could be further expanded, but that will depend on how strong the demand is for these new flights.

“I think we’ll just have to continue monitoring those trends, but if they continue to be positive, and we continue to see the demand there, then we can make those adjustments as necessary,” Foster said.

Most flights to Colorado ski towns start to phase out as the weather warms, leaving them with few options.

Southwest also begins flights to Colorado Springs on Thursday, serving the Pikes Peak region with 13 flights each day to five nonstop destinations.

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