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Jul 11, 2013 12:31 PM by Eugene Daniels

Aspen airport tower reduces evening hours

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Pilots flying into Aspen's airport will notice a cutback in staffing during the evening hours.

Beginning Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration has reduced the operation hours for Sardy Field's air-traffic-control tower by two hours. The tower will now be staffed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Airport director Jim Elwood tells the Aspen Times (http://tinyurl.com/mvx9jbk) pilots approaching and departing during the hours the tower is closed will communicate with an air-traffic controller in Denver.

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