GJ airport sees drop in activity in August

Hurricane Harvey seems to have had a hand in holding down passenger boardings at Grand Junction Regional Airport in late August, officials said.

Boardings fell from 20,335 in August 2016, to 19,860 in August 2017, a slip that matches up with the Aug. 25-29 run by Hurricane Harvey across Texas and Louisiana that also grounded 3,000 flights nationwide, many of them associated with American Airlines, which is headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, airport spokeswoman Jodi Doney noted.

August marked the first time so far this year that passenger boardings at the airport fell below those of 2016, but enplanements overall remain 5.4 percent higher than those of 2016.

Enplanements for 2017 remain above the airport’s five-year rolling average, which suggests that the airport will see a mild increase in the coming two months. Last year, however, September and October marked sharp jumps in boardings at the airport.

As of August 2017, the airport saw 159,277 boardings for the year, compared to 146,694 for the same period in 2016.

Harvey had nothing to do with a slip in lodging taxes that was noted in August, but which relate to July activity, said Barbara Bowman, manager at Visit Grand Junction, formerly known as the Visitor and Convention Bureau.

July was a down month generally across the state but August “has been a bang-up month,” Bowman said.


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