Jet service to Denver available
United Express will soon provide jet service on all of its flights from Grand Junction to Denver, a switch that will increase passenger capacity for the largest commercial carrier at Grand Junction Regional Airport.
Airport Manager Rex Tippetts said Thursday that United Express began swapping out 37-seat turboprops in favor of 50-seat regional jets a couple of months ago and will fully switch to jet service by May 1.
“It gives us a bump in seats and a little better service with jet service,” Tippetts said.
United Express operates eight flights per day between Grand Junction Regional Airport and Denver International Airport Sunday through Friday and five flights on Saturday.
Tippetts said he expects the upgrade to jet service to result in United Express adding three more flights on Saturday to give the airline eight flights a day, seven days a week between Grand Junction and Denver.
United Express is a brand name under which regional airlines operate feeder flights for United Airlines. The carrier connects smaller cities with United’s hub airports, including DIA.
A United Airlines spokesman didn’t return a call seeking comment Thursday.
United Express reported 11,116 boardings at Grand Junction Regional in January and February, nearly 37 percent of the 30,159 total boardings at the airport in those two months.
American Eagle, which flies to Dallas-Fort Worth, had the second-highest percentage of boardings at the airport with 4,601.