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Colorado Flights Alliance: Telluride Welcomes Southern Californians with New Non-Stop Flights this Winter

Allegiant to Offer Twice Weekly Service from LAX to Montrose

Telluride, Colo., July 31, 2013 – The Colorado Flights Alliance (CFA,) Allegiant and The Telluride Tourism Board (TTB,) have announced the addition of nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) this winter. The seasonal flights, which will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting December 21, will provide travelers with a convenient and low cost means of reaching Telluride with one-way introductory fares starting as low as $79.99*. Non-stop service on Allegiant from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) will also remain in place this winter, with prices starting at $73.99 for one-way tickets.*

“Telluride has seen a steady number of visitors from the Los Angeles area over the years, from those in the entertainment industry who have attended the Telluride Film Festival, to those simply seeking a retreat where crisp mountain air and a laid-back vibe go hand-in-hand with historical authenticity, top notch culinary experiences and world class skiing,” said TTB President and CEO, Michael Martelon. “We’re looking forward to introducing even more visitors from L.A. to the complete Telluride experience this winter thanks to the new Allegiant flights.” 

Montrose Regional Airport is a scenic 65 miles from Telluride, and a number of ground transportation options are available that provide a convenient and comfortable ride into the mountains.   Telluride is most easily navigated on foot and by utilizing the free gondola system that connects the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village, the Galloping Goose shuttle bus system in town and the Dial-A-Ride program for guests staying in Mountain Village. 

A former mining town, Telluride has long been known for its independent spirit and laid-back atmosphere where everyone from families and couples to high-powered CEOs, extreme sports enthusiasts and Hollywood stars mix and mingle harmoniously and without pretense. Free of stoplights and chain stores and restaurants, Telluride offers visitors the chance to truly disconnect, both on and off the slopes. 

Winter sports enthusiasts can get their fix at Telluride Ski Resort, which is consistently ranked one of North America’s top 10 ski areas by both SKI and Skiing magazines.  Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of 2,000 skiable acres with short lift lines and 127 trails for all levels of experience, including three terrain parks and some of the best hike-to-terrain in the country Those seeking a true outdoor experience can ski and ride the San Juan Hut System, which consists of five backcountry huts between Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray. For the ultimate rush, extremists can experience heli-skiing, cat skiing or ice climbing. 

Non-skiers or those seeking a day off mountain have plenty activities to choose from including sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, winter fly fishing, photo tours and sleigh rides. Those looking get a glimpse of Telluride’s colorful history can visit the Telluride Historical Museum or take a Historical Walking Tour, while visitors who want to expand their minds can explore classes available from Ah Haa School of the Arts, including painting, pottery cooking and more. 

In addition to the new Allegiant Air flight from LAX, nonstop service is available year-round from Denver on United Express, from Houston on United Airlines and from Dallas on American Airlines. During the winter months, nonstop service expands to include flights from Newark, Los Angeles and Chicago on United Airlines, Atlanta on Delta Airlines and Phoenix-Mesa on Allegiant. 

About the $73.99* and $79.99* one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 6, 2013, for travel by Feb. 11, 2014. These prices reflect the base fare inclusive of taxes and fees, but not including luggage, pre-reserved seats or other extras. For baggage fees, please visit Additional restrictions may apply. 


About Telluride 
Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks, providing the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by a free, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America. For more information or to book a Telluride vacation, visit or call 888-605-2578. 

About the Colorado Flights Alliance
The Colorado Flights Alliance exists to stimulate local economic development by attracting and retaining air service to the Montrose and Telluride region. This is done mainly through revenue guarantees or other risk mitigation partnerships. Without a risk mitigation partnership, most commercial airlines would not fly into the region at the level necessary to sustain the region’s tourism-driven economy. The Colorado Department of Transportation estimates the total economic activity impact to the region from air service to the Montrose and Telluride airports is more than $470 million annually. For more information, visit

About Allegiant 
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (Nasdaq: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline, and offers other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets through its website, The company was ranked ninth in the 2011 Forbes' Best Small Companies. Allegiant was also recently named one of FORTUNE magazine's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" for the second consecutive year. For more information, visit  

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