American Eagle to start daily L.A.-Aspen flights this winter

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Southern California skiers and Aspen-lovers take note: American Eagle will begin daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and the Colorado ski resort town in mid-December. And, in case you’re already planning a ski vacation, tickets go on sale Monday.

The regional carrier for American Airlines will operate one flight each way starting Dec. 15 between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), according to an airline news release. The seasonal service will continue through April 2. The airline also will begin flying between Aspen and Dallas/Fort Worth.

The outbound flight will leave L.A. at 9 a.m. and arrive in Aspen at noon. The return flight leaves Aspen at 6:10 p.m. and arrives at 7:35 p.m. (Note: Flight times reflect a one-hour time difference; Aspen operates on MDT.) These flights are set to resume June 14 through Aug. 20, 2012.

United Airlines and its regional United Express service provides connecting and direct flights between LAX and Aspen. Frontier Airlines offers connecting service too.