DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The deputy director of aviation at Durango-La Plata County airport says passengers are facing more cancellations and delays because of a shortage of airplanes and pilots.
Don Brockus says Republic Airlines took on extra route responsibilities to other destinations without having crews to man those new flights.
Republic is one of three carriers that operates under the United Express banner at the Durango-La Plata County airport.
According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/b2utxv4 ), Jodi Doney, the Skywest-United Express station manager, told airport officials controllable delays rose from 16 percent to 32 percent from October to December, while cancellations more than doubled to 5.6 percent. The delays are expected to continue until March.
The airline is blaming acquisition of new routes to Gunnison, Grand Junction and Eagle.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com