Air Travel

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Evan Castle pleads guilty to being a liquored-up, stewardess-groping Schmuck

    In April, we told you about Thornton's Evan Castle, who faced federal charges -- and up to two years in prison -- for allegedly grabbing a flight attendant's butt. Now, Castle has pleaded guilty for the incident -- a decision that was likely a factor in a sentence that will prevent him from changin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Photos: Ten worst domestic-travel cities for summer 2013 -- and why Denver was the best has come up with its summer 2013 list of the best and worst travel cities, and Denver finished first in the domestic category when it comes to the combo of inexpensive flights, short travel times to popular destinations and accessibility, both logistically and financially. The methodolog ... More >>

  • News

    May 9, 2013
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    April 5, 2013

    Tyler Perry causes unscheduled stop by United flight from Denver? Sort of

    The recent Tyler Perry movie Alex Cross was savaged by critics (it received a 30 percent score on Metacritic, while Rotten Tomatoes hit it with an ugly 12 percent ranking) and Box Office Mojo puts its worldwide receipts at just over $30 million -- ultra-mediocre by Perry's standards. But unlike the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Varoujan Khodjamirian, drunk passenger: Flying but no booze for "I kill you children" flier

    "No kill, sir."​Long Island-resident Varoujan Khodjamirian's flight home from the Denver area was presumably uneventful -- maybe because a judge ordered him to forego alcohol on the way back. Why this edict? Because Khodjamirian's previous time in the air devolved into a drunken, death-threat- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Frontier pilot booting quadriplegic John Morris (& choice colleagues) earn Shmuck dishonors

    ​Denver's homegrown airline, Frontier, was once a local darling. Its local ties, funny animals and scrappy attitude gave people the alternative they needed a decade ago to United Airlines, which dominated the gates at Denver International Airport for a long time and pissed off just about ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    "Don't touch my junk:" John Tyner fights the law and the law wins

    ​The Bill of Rights guarantees many protections: Protection of free speech, protection from self-incrimination, protection from undue government imposition in private affairs. Perhaps it was that last one that got misinterpreted by a California man who told a Transportation Security Administra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Sergei Berejnoi's alleged fake bomb claim makes Top 5 list of freakiest CO airport passengers

    Sergei Berenjoi.​On Saturday, Sergei Berejnoi was apparently upset that he arrived late at his DIA gate. So he allegedly said there was a bomb in his already checked luggage -- and was promptly busted. Of course, we've come to expect this kind of lunacy from passengers who land in Colorado. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Frontier scrambles to spin Southwest's AirTran acquisition in airline survival of the fittest

    ​I contacted Frontier spokeswoman Lindsey Purves at 6:17 a.m. yesterday for a comment about Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran and what it might mean for what's still portrayed as Denver's hometown airline. But the statement Purves came up with nearly nine hours later doesn't even ment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Frontier Airlines uncancels its canceled Denver-to-Aspen flights

    ​In late July, Frontier Airlines announced it was discontinuing Denver to Aspen service. Well, never mind. The carrier is continuing the flights -- good news to local skiers on a tight schedule, not to mention Frontier's Colorado staffers, who'll see this decision, along with the extension of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Frontier extends its DIA lease -- and the airline's relationship with Denver, its "hometown"

    ​Since last November, when Frontier Airlines jobs began moving to Milwaukee and Indianapolis, locals have feared that the new acquisition of Indy's Republic Airways Holdings would slowly sever its ties to Denver. It's good news, then, that Frontier has extended its lease at DIA until 2020. Loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    John Hickenlooper: Republicans use part of Democratic guv ad in latest jobs slap

    John Hickenlooper the way Republicans see him.​Update, 7:48 a.m., May 28: The Hickenlooper campaign has responded to this post. See how after the original item, published at 3:27 p.m. on May 27. The latest assault on Democratic guv candidate John Hickenlooper from the Republican Governors Ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    United-Continental merger shouldn't push back already delayed contract talks, says union rep

    Photo courtesy Association of Flight Attendants-CWAUnited employees protesting stalled contract talks at DIA last month.​The merger of United and Continental is potentially blockbuster news, admits Ken Kyle, local counsel president for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA -- but only poten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Frontier Airlines' name to remain the same: Sorry, Midwest

    Photo by Ken OdeyBet these folks are happy.​ The suspense is finally over regarding Frontier Airlines. Frontier's owner, Republic Airways Holdings, has announced that the new name of the carrier, which is being combined with sister airline Midwest, will be... Frontier. Oh yeah: The airline wil ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2010
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    December 9, 2009

    Frontier rep: 140 jobs leaving Denver is actually good news for employees

    Some Denver jobs are flying to Indianapolis.​Word that 140 Frontier Airlines jobs will be relocating from Denver to Indianapolis, headquarters of Republic Airways Holdings, which bested Southwest in its quest for the carrier back in October, has been seen as a bummer in these parts. But Fronti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Hundreds of Frontier Airlines jobs flying away from Denver: Read John Hickenlooper's statement

    ​ Signs that Republic Airways Holdings, owner of Denver-based Frontier Airlines, might move jobs from Colorado to either Milwaukee or Indianapolis have been unavoidable for at least month. Note this October 9 blog, in which Denver Economic Development Corporation executive director Tom Clark s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Southwest lets Frontier know it's not flying away

    ​When Southwest Airlines made its run at purchasing Frontier Airlines this past month, a number of industry observers speculated that it was doing so because Frontier was kicking its ass in Denver. But just because Southwest eventually lost out to underdog Republic Airways Holdings in the Fron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    The risks of Republic Airways Holdings' Frontier purchase

    An image from Republic Airways Holdings' website.​A Wall Street Journal article published in the wake of Republic Airways Holdings' surprising victory over Southwest in the Frontier Airlines sweepstakes may temper the enthusiasm with which most locals viewed this unexpected turn. "Commuter Air ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Three possible futures for Denver International Airport

    ​Republic Airways Holdings' victory over Dallas-based Southwest Airlines in the Frontier sweepstakes raises more questions than it answers, as Dallas Morning News airline blogger Eric Torbenson makes clear in "What Will Denver Look Like in Two Years?," an analysis published earlier today. In T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Southwest post-game remarks about losing Frontier

    ​Moments ago, Southwest Airlines released a statement about what everyone else had already figured out -- that Southwest's massive bid for Frontier Airlines had fallen apart at the last minute over an inability to get Frontier pilots to concede on seniority-oriented contract issues. In the do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Republic Airways Holdings lays low in Frontier sweepstakes

    An image from the Republic Airways Holdings website.​Tomorrow's the day when Frontier Airlines hits the auction block, and in recent days, Southwest Airlines, one of two publicly announced suitors, has gotten the vast majority of attention due to the size of its bid: $170 million, nearly $60 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Southwest CEO Gary Kelly on the bid for Frontier

    Gary Kelly.​With yesterday's promise of a $170 million bid for Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines made it clear it really, really wants the Denver-based carrier. After all, the total was nearly $60 million more than its previously announced offer of $113 million, which was already higher th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Wanna get away, Denver? Southwest makes bid to buy Frontier Airlines

    ​ Several outlets are reporting that Southwest Airlines is trying to outbid Republic Airways and swoop up Denver's bankrupt hometown airline, Frontier. From the Associated Press: A court had already approved the sale of Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. to the parent of Republic Airways for $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    Szele just can't straighten up and fly right

    Christina Szele. Colorado’s most famous accidental tourist, Christina Elizabeth Szele, has a date in a Colorado court today, but she won’t be here in person. And that’s too bad, because we’d love to hear what legendary U. S. District Judge John Kane (profiled in this 2001 Westword feature) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    Frontier gives thanks for loan, loyalty

    Still up in the air. Frontier Airlines, which is fighting to stay aloft, yesterday floated two telling communiques. The first announced that the Denver-based airline had received a $30 million installment of the $75 million loan from Republic Airways Holdings that was approved by a bankruptcy judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2008

    Traveling Turns South by Southwest

    Woe is the traveler this summer who flies for business or pleasure. As gas prices have gone through the roof, the airlines have responded by taking it out on passengers, raising ticket prices, adding fees for checked bags, canceling routes and charging for food. As a result, Westword decided to beg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    Dear United Airlines: It's Over!

    United Airlines. It’s the company Denver loves to hate, the one that has caused sky-high stress levels and unhappiness for an untold number of fliers, the company many of us have no choice but to use since it dominates the gates at Denver International Airport. The latest insult? Charging $15 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    Shmuck of the Week

    Yes, air travel makes us angry. And as discussed in the previous installment of Shmuck of the Week, airlines like United are often to blame. But in some cases, passengers deserve to carry their share of the baggage for ever-more interesting bouts of air rage. Christina E. Szele, please report to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2008

    Shmuck of the Week

    Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more annoying, United Airlines has decided to start charging $15 to check your suitcase. Make that your first suitcase. Your second bag will cost another $25. Oh, and in the event of a sudden drop in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    File Not Found

    Do you know what's in your luggage?

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    I Fathered a Terror Suspect

    Losing the name game at our country's airports.

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    Follow That Story

    The Gropes of Wrath

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    Screen and Screen Again

    Forget Victoria's Secret. Argenbright Security has a few secrets of its own.

  • Music

    September 20, 2001

    Burning Airlines

    Identikit (DeSoto)

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    United We Strand

    You may not have a flight, but you could be a winner!

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    Off Limits

    Heaving on a jet plane

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    What's Fare Is Fair

    Denver and United Airlines are in a dogfight over who gets the loot.

  • News

    April 8, 1999

    No Labor Lost

    Ellen Golombek plays rough with the Capitol bosses.

  • News

    October 17, 1996

    Soar Loser?

    Western Pacific's losses mount as boss man Ed Beauvais scrambles with new plans.

  • News

    September 19, 1996

    Continental Drift

    As prospects dim, Denver aviation officials still chase after an air link to Britain.

  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Flights of Fancy

    Denver pays a consultant big money to get overseas flights for DIA--and goes nowhere.

  • News

    March 28, 1996

    Excess Baggage

    The checkered past of Jet Aspen's CEO prompts regulators to put the new airline in a holding pattern.

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    January 17, 1996



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    November 15, 1995

    I'M ED! FLY ME!


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    September 21, 1994
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    March 23, 1994
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    January 12, 1994

    Small Craft Warnings

    Regional airports had high hopes when DIA said it wasn't interested in private avaiation. But guess what? DIA changed its mind. Again. Gorilla tactics as dia makes a grab for private planes, regional airports bail out of their expansion plans.

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