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    Passengers disembark Monday in Los Alamos from the afternoon flight from Albuquerque. Peter Soderquist, the Los Alamos County Airport manager, is working with Fly New Mexico Airlines to increase ridership on its flights between Los Alamos and Albuquerque. Clyde Mueller/The New Mexican

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:03 am, Tue Jun 3, 2014.

The thought of flying from Los Alamos to Albuquerque at first seems absurd. The two cities are not even 100 miles apart.

And all a motorist has to do is travel on N.M. 502, then hit U.S. 84/285 and finally onto Interstate 25. The travel time is usually two hours to the Albuquerque International Sunport.

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  • Patricio R. Downs posted at 11:43 am on Tue, Jun 3, 2014.

    Patricio Downs Posts: 41

    Believe it or not, this might actually be something cost-effective. To wit: I've had to be in ABQ for three straight weekends. It's taken about a tank of gas (even in my fuel-sipper) to go back and forth, and conduct whatever business I need to down there. Figure that a full tank on a midsize car - a la Honda Accord or Ford Fusion - is about 16 gallons. If you had to also park your auto at the airport for a few days, figure on another 4-5 dollars a day that you're gone.

    For people who have a bigger vehicle, like say a Suburban or an F-150, it probably makes even more sense - the cost of the flights is roughly the cost of fuel back and forth. Don't even get me started on diesel!

    Of course, if you live in or very near Santa Fe and don't mind a connecting flight going elsewhere - Denver or Dallas to your ultimate destination - never mind. [smile]

     

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