Mark Udall issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Frontier Airlines's petition for Colorado Springs to receive one of four direct flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) was not selected:
"I was extremely disappointed to hear that Colorado Springs will not receive a Frontier Airlines route between the Springs and Washington," Udall said. "When I supported connecting these two cities, I believed it was important that the residents of Colorado's second-largest city - a major metropolitan area in its own right - have a direct flight to our nation's capital. I remain convinced of the importance of directly linking Colorado to the global economy and will continue to work to secure these connections, while looking for other ways to boost the Springs economy."
In March, Udall led eight members of the Colorado congressional delegation on a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood supporting Frontier's bid for one of four new round-trip flights out of DCA. Washington, D.C., is one of the largest destinations for the Colorado Springs market, underscoring the need for direct and affordable service to connect the two regions. As a result of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which became law on February 14, 2012, FAA was authorized to expand the number of takeoff and landing slots at DCA; the agency sought applications for underserved markets farther than 1,250 miles from Washington, D.C. The flights will likely begin in August.