Continental Airlines plans to offer service between Grand Junction and Houston starting next year.
Flights between Grand Junction Regional Airport and Bush Intercontinental Airport are among the new routes announced today by United Continental Holdings, the holding company created following the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines.
Rex Tippetts, director of aviation for the Grand Junction Regional Airport, said the company has yet tp announce when service to Houston will begin, the frequency of flights or the type of aircraft that will be used.
What is certain, Tippetts said, is the service will benefit the energy industry as well as offer travelers another connection to other destinations. “The addition of this service will not only benefit Grand Junction’s energy industry by adding another link into a key energy city, but it will also allow connecting access to numerous international destinations,” he said.
“The merger of United and Continental has made this opportunity possible,” Tippetts added. “United has been serving the Grand Junction-Denver route for years and has been very successful. With the energy industry in Western Colorado beginning to show signs of improvement and travel picking up worldwide, this service is a good fit for the current needs of the community.”
Houston constitutes the latest addition to the destinations already served by direct flights from the Grand Junction Regional Airport. In addition to Denver, airlines offer service to Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.