In 1995, newspaper headlines read "DIA slipping as Springs airport soars," and "DIA market is fare game for Springs."
The articles go on to describe travelers driving an extra 60 miles south and by-passing Denver to fly out of Colorado Springs to capitalize on cheap flights, mostly from Western Pacific. The airline, which has since gone bankrupt, was advertising one-way fares from Colorado Springs starting a $39 to major hubs such as San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas. Passenger traffic at the Colorado Springs Airport was up 28 percent and there were talks of adding a $50 million (in 1995) new concourse with as many as 12 new gates.
DIA could not compete since they had per-passenger costs four or five times higher than the costs out of Colorado Springs.
Now, it seems many people are making the drive north to fly out of Denver and capitalize on cheap air fare. So when did every thing change? Perhaps it happened when Western Pacific went belly up and left Colorado Springs, or maybe when Colorado Springs lost Southwest to Denver? The Gazette wants to know what you think? What airport do you decide to fly to and from? And why?