In a technological world keeping in touch is easy, but family traditions and gatherings do not feel the same through FaceTime or a Skype video call.
Though technology helps incite conversation, nothing beats the warmth of a real embrace and welcoming arms. The regional airport provides a service to connect individuals with their loved ones for the moments they don't want to miss.
For families separated by state lines, the time saved by flying - rather than driving - is time spent smiling, laughing and reminiscing with loved ones.
Without the regional airport, college students and other residents traveling to and from Durango would surely waste more than an entire day or two of vacation time traveling. In fact, that is the reality for most traveling to or from Durango to see family.
More than 200,000 people choose to spend hours driving to an international airport. While some cite delays and cancellations as one reason to avoid the regional airport, others refer to the affordability of flights.
Because the regional airport is ill-equipped to handle traffic and parking of larger planes, airlines have stopped servicing the airport. Without more options and competition for air service, airfares soar.
Expanding the airport would only improve the opportunity for more airlines to serve residents and ensure passengers experience less delays or cancellations. With more options, flights would become more affordable for all.
With more affordable options, the whole family can connect with one another easily and more often. Vote yes to expand the Durango-La Plata County Airport, connecting you to what matters.