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New Non-Stop Flights to Telluride

Allegiant to Offer Twice Weekly Service from Oakland and Phoenix to Montrose

Telluride, Colo., Sept. 25, 2012 – The Telluride Montrose Regional Air Organization (TMRAO,) Allegiant and The Telluride Tourism Board (TTB,) announced the addition of nonstop service from Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) to Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) this winter. The flights, which will be available twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, December 15 through April 3, will provide travelers with the lowest cost means of reaching Telluride.

One-way fares will start as low as $113 to/from Oakland and $83 to/from Phoenix. (These prices reflect the base fare inclusive of taxes and fees, but not including luggage, pre-reserved seats or other extras.) The new service will also drastically improve travel time from both areas to Telluride, with Allegiant flights giving those in the Phoenix area the quickest way to reach any destination ski area.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of new visitors to Telluride this winter, thanks to the arrival of Allegiant,” said TTB President and CEO, Michael Martelon. “There has never been a more affordable, or more accessible way for people in Phoenix and the Bay Area to discover what makes Telluride one of the world’s premier winter vacation destinations.”

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. While some visitors rent cars, Telluride is most easily navigated on foot via the free gondola system that connects the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village, the Galloping Goose shuttle bus system in town and free shuttles 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 Skiingmagazines.  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. Those seeking a true outdoor experience can ski and ride the San Juan Hut System, which consists of five backcountry huts between Telluride, Ridgeway 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 and sleigh rides. New this year are guided photo tours from Telluride Outside, which give shutterbugs the opportunity to shoot scenic remote locations with instruction from a local expert. 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 flights, nonstop service is available year-round from Denver on United Express, from Houston on United Airlines and from Dallas on American Airlines and during the winter months from Newark and Los Angeles on United Airlines, from Chicago on American Airlines and from Atlanta on Delta Airlines.


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, or call 888-605-2578.

About the Telluride Montrose Regional Airport Organization
TMRAO 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 on TMRAO, 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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