Airline suspends operation

— A top Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. official said Thursday his company's travel division was already re-booking clients onto other airlines when financially troubled Midway Airlines announced Wednesday it was suspending operations indefinitely.

Midway was to have begun its second winter of flying to Yampa Valley Regional Airport from its hub in Raleigh/Durham, N.C., in mid-December.

The Saturday flights on a Boeing 737-700 would have brought with them a total potential airlift of 2,600 seats.

Ski vacationers who had already booked the Midway flight have been re-booked on Continental Airlines through Houston and on American Airlines through Dallas.

"A senior manager from Midway called me at 8:30 yesterday to tell me they were suspending operations," Wirth said. "We're very disappointed to see them cease service and operations.

"The people we dealt with at Midway were very bright and capable."

The absence of Midway from the weekly schedule of flights into YVRA this winter represents a further erosion of direct flights from the southeastern portion of the U.S.

Midway was only scheduled to fly to Steamboat on Saturdays this winter, after flying twice a week last winter, but it funneled passengers into its hub from up and down the Atlantic seaboard.

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