American Airlines resumed its service to Aspen on Friday after diverting its two daily flights to Grand Junction on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The carrier’s CRJ700 aircraft were given clearance to fly to Aspen from Dallas and Los Angeles after a successful flight check by the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday morning, said Dustin Havel, the assistant director of operations and facilities at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.
The flights, operated by Envoy Air, were diverted because one of the airport’s localizers was broken. Localizers are navigational aids that help direct planes on their approach to the runway.
The outage did not affect flights from United Airlines or private aircraft, officials said.
So long as visibility is good, the American flights will continue, Havel said. In the meantime, the FAA will continue its work on the defected localizer.
“It’s been frustrating for all parties,” Havel said. “The FAA is being responsible and they do have crews there working on it. American is able to fly in and out as long as the weather is good.”