New flights out of GJ point to better economy

Two new summertime flights into Grand Junction appear to be a harbinger of an improved economy, travel industry officials say.

The two new flights, one to Salt Lake City and one to Dallas, are “a wonderful economic indicator that we are turning the corner,” said Barbara Bowman, director of the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau.

An additional summertime flight between Salt Lake City and Grand Junction began Thursday and an additional flight between Dallas and Grand Junction is to begin this week.

The Delta Airlines connection to Salt Lake City International Airport will include a new flight departing Grand Junction at 3:20 p.m. daily. The Salt Lake City to Grand Junction flight arrives in the Grand Valley in at 2:55 p.m.

SkyWest operates the Grand Junction-Salt Lake City service with the 50-passenger, Bombardier-manufactured, Canadair Regional Jet 200.

Next Thursday, passengers can fly to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on American Eagle Airlines on an afternoon flight to Texas.

The new flight is scheduled to arrive in Grand Junction at 4:40 p.m. and return to Dallas at 5:10 p.m.

The Dallas flight represents a reinstatement of the original, three-flight-per-day schedule when American Airlines opened the route. Bowman said.

“They feel there is potential there,” Bowman said of the airline, noting that load factors for the remaining two flights have increased to the point that the companies decided to return to the three-flight schedule for the summer.


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