Taxpayers to pay for new Aspen airline service

ASPEN — Taxpayer-funded incentives are being used to lure Delta Air Lines back to the Aspen market, but officials have not disclosed the price tag.

The airline and the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday that Delta will begin operating daily flights to and from Atlanta and Saturday-only flights from Minneapolis on Dec. 21.

Officials with the city of Aspen, the town of Snowmass Village, Pitkin County and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, along with the Aspen Skiing Co., all say bringing more air service to the Aspen airport is worth supporting with tax dollars. The airline has declined to comment.

According to the Aspen Daily News, the Aspen City Council will vote on the city’s portion of the incentive package at its Aug. 12 meeting.


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