Second quarter 2019 numbers from the Grand Junction Regional Airport showed strong growth over the previous year and a positive outlook for down the road.
Seating capacity for American, United and Delta airlines will increase 17.3% in the first quarter of 2020 over quarter one of 2019. Delta contracts with SkyWest Airlines to fly in and out of Grand Junction. American Airlines will increase its capacity 26.3% to 433 seats per day each way at the start of 2020, according to figures provided by the airport.
Overall enplanements — the number of people boarding a flight — are up 12.9% at the airport through September of 2019.
The airport's total traffic has increased 8.6% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter in 2018. Excluding Allegiant Air, domestic traffic increased 8.1%.
The average domestic fare, excluding Allegiant dipped 4.3% to $241 in the second quarter of 2019. Including Allegiant, the average domestic fare fell 6.2% to $215 and capacity increased 19.1% while traffic also increased 12.7%. Denver's average fare was $159 in the second quarter.
Next year, American Airlines will begin to offer a third flight to Phoenix each day. American carried 42% of Grand Junction's domestic traffic, while United had 31%. The rest was split between Delta on SkyWest and Allegiant.
International traffic has increased 19.2% from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2019, but decreased 2.8% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
■ The organizers of the third annual TEDxGrand Junction event are now accepting applications from presenters who would like to give a TED talk at the next event on March 7, 2020 at the Avalon Theatre.
The locally organized event uses TED's celebrated format of short, prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that can foster learning, inspiration, curiosity and wonder while also prompting conversation, according to a press release from event organizers.
To find the application for presenters, visit TEDxGJ.com/auditions. Anyone with a creative idea they want to share is invited to apply for consideration.
The theme for this year's event is "2020."
"We chose this theme because it reflects the vision and lens we need to use for this new era for TEDxGrand Junction," event co-organizer Josh Hudnall said in the release. "We're looking for visionary ideas and presenters to give perspective to the audience on the past, today and looking forward."
Potential presenters should complete the application by Nov. 25. A committee will review applications and select candidates to audition the week of Dec. 1. They will be notified within a few weeks of the audition if they are selected to present.
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