Vail Valley Partnership’s board of governors has identified transportation as a key strategic priority area. This includes a focus on I-70 as well as increasing available seats to the Eagle County Regional Airport through support of the EGE Air Alliance.
Interstate 70 is a critical transportation corridor connecting Colorado’s Front Range and the Western Slope. This interstate is the only major east-west highway to move tourists and residents, as well as goods and services. Severe congestion in the corridor infuriates travelers, harms local communities and small businesses, impacts our tourism economy, creates safety risks, wastes fuel and hampers intrastate and interstate commerce.
Increasing air service and visitors coming through Eagle County has a direct economic benefit on every community – and every business – in Eagle County. Survey data shows over $275 million dollars are spent by visitors coming through the airport – with guests visiting our communities staying longer and having a higher repeat visitation rate than those who arrive through Denver International Airport. Because so much of our local economy, job market and businesses depend on the dollars spent by tourists and second homeowners who come through the Eagle County Regional Airport, the EGE Air Alliance plays a real, significant role that directly impacts Eagle County’s residents and communities and Vail Valley Partnership is proud to continue to work to increase non-stop flight access from key destination markets.