FORT COLLINS – A company that has been offering four daily trips each way between Northern Colorado Regional Airport and Denver International Airport announced Monday that it plans to more than double the service.
For more than two years, The Landline Co., with headquarters at 113 S. College Ave. in Fort Collins, has run 35-passenger buses from the Fort Collins-Loveland airport (FNL) to DIA as well as booking and baggage-check services for United Airlines passengers — although as of September, those using any airline have been able to ride and then check luggage at DIA. Under the new schedule, the buses, which feature in-seat power outlets, free wi-fi and onboard restrooms, will make eight daily trips each way beginning Dec. 15 and nine beginning Dec. 22.
Once the full service takes effect, the first daily trip will leave FNL at 5:45 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at DIA an hour later. The last trip will leave at 7:35 p.m. and reach DIA by 8:35 p.m.. Some of the midday routes are likely to take five or 10 minutes longer, according to the schedule released Monday.
The first trip returning to Northern Colorado will leave DIA at 7:20 a.m., and the last trip north will leave at 9:40 p.m.
Fares are $29 one-way for adults and $10 one-way for children younger than age 13, and can be booked at landline.com.
As part of Landline’s partnership with United Airlines, United customers flying out of DIA but starting or ending their journey in Northern Colorado also can book flights on United.com or Landline.com as if they were flying to and from FNL. In fact, six additional daily trips north, solely for United passengers, leave not from the normal ground transportation lanes on Level 5 but from an end of the B concourse, as if passengers were merely changing planes to a small carrier, said Landline representative Brooke Rogers. She said baggage would be transferred to the bus as if it were being transferred to a connecting flight.
Baggage on United flights from DIA can be checked at FNL, and Landline will guarantee the connection, offering complimentary rebooking on United if traffic delays lead to missed flights.
Transportation Safety Administration security check-ins are not yet available at FNL for passengers traveling by bus from there to DIA, but Rogers told BizWest on Monday that Landline and TSA are working on that issue.
“For nearly two years, Landline and United have significantly improved Northern Colorado’s access to business and leisure travel opportunities around the world,” said Jason Licon, Northern Colorado Regional Airport’s director. “With the significantly enhanced Landline schedule, we look forward to even more customers starting and ending their travel journey locally.”
Landline, which was founded in Southern California before relocating its headquarters to Fort Collins, offers similar service to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for passengers starting and ending their trips in Duluth or Mankato, Minnesota.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of excitement in Fort Collins/Loveland for our recently launched ‘Landline to any airline’ service as well as our ‘wingless flight’ service on behalf of United Airlines,” said Nick Johnson, a vice president at Landline, in a prepared statement. “We’re thrilled to expand our schedule up to nine roundtrips per day to reach more customers, making travel to the airport hassle-free, no matter the time of day.”