The Colorado Flights Alliance has announced that Dallas (DFW) flights to the Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) airport on American Airlines will now operate year-round. This will add a second daily, year-round option for MTJ travelers, along with Denver (DEN) flights on United Airlines.

“We have been working with our partners at American on this for several years, and through strategic growth in flights, seats and passengers, we are thrilled to be able to offer our locals, visitors and businesses an added year-round option to the region,” said Matt Skinner, COO of Colorado Flights.

This announcement comes on the heels of an added second daily flight from DFW to MTJ in the core of winter season along with the increase in aircraft size for the summer. Service in April-May and October-November will consist of one flight daily on a regional jet.

“The growth in our core tourism seasons, and the expansion and diversification of our regional economy, have allowed us to push through with added year-round demand for flights,” continued Skinner.

The new travel option broadens the accessibility of the region, providing a viable resource for business, pleasure and lifestyle

"The achievement of solidifying year round service will be a boost to our economy, in particular serving our visitors and second homeowners hailing from Texas, a key market for our community," says Mountain Village Mayor, Dan Jansen.

As Colorado tourism leads the nation in growth, ease of travel is pertinent to capturing market share in the industry. Access to the region provides a very marketable travel message.

“The addition of another year-round flight is an exceptional marketing opportunity for us and will absolutely contribute to the entire region’s continual economic growth – including tourism, business development, and ancillary sectors to them both,” said Michael Martelon, CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board.

The Telluride/Montrose Reginal Airport is the key aspect to the economy for the region and tourism market for Telluride and the surrounding area. Air service is a major factor for travelers around the country and world when considering where to visit and spend their tourism dollar.

“This is another step forward for the growth of the airport, which is the largest economic driver in the region. A year-round DFW flight is yet another example of the county’s successful partnership with the Colorado Flights Alliance and its diligent work,” according to Montrose County Commissioner David White.

The year-round DFW flights are currently available for sale, with travel bookable through August 2017.

Colorado Flights provides non-stop service from Dallas (DFW), Phoenix (PHX), Chicago (ORD), Newark (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA), Atlanta (ATL), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO), along with Denver (DEN) service, giving Telluride (TEX) and Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) direct flights from ten major hubs.

For area and reservations information, please visit www.visittelluride.com, www.tellurideskiresort.com, www.visitmontrose.com or www.ouraycolorado.com, and for flight schedule information, please visit www.coloradoflights.org/schedule