Grand Junction airport use increases during 1st quarter

Coming off its second-busiest year ever, Grand Junction Regional Airport started 2011 with a boost in traffic.

A total of 48,560 passengers flew out of the airport in the first quarter of the year, a 2 percent bump over the same period last year. The increased boardings could be attributed to American Eagle’s decision to add a third daily flight from Grand Junction to Dallas in February.

The airport should see even greater numbers with Continental Airlines last week launching twice-daily service to Houston. Houston is the seventh nonstop destination from Grand Junction. Others are Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

Continental’s new service and American Eagle’s third daily flight will add about 150 seats a day to the airport’s menu of flights.

The airport finished 2010 with a total of 216,912 boardings, nearly a 5 percent drop compared to 2009 but a 2 percent increase over 2008.


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