Airport: Passenger traffic up slightly

Commercial passenger traffic at Grand Junction Regional Airport through the first half of the year remains slightly ahead of the same span last year.

According to the latest figures from the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority, 104,966 enplanements — that is, passengers boarding regularly scheduled commercial flights — were recorded during the first half of 2012. That number reflects a slight increase from the 104,010 enplanements reported during the first half of 2011.

Five commercial airlines offer nonstop service from Grand Junction to a total of seven destinations: Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

United Airlines reported the most enplanements for the first half of 2012 with a total of 41,747 passengers boarding flights to Denver and Houston. That figure constitutes nearly 40 percent of total enplanements during that time.

U.S. Airways reported the second most enplanements with 19,949 passengers boarding flights to Phoenix.

American Eagle reported 14,996 passengers boarded flights to Dallas-Fort Worth. SkyWest reported 14,199 passengers boarded flights to Salt Lake City. Allegiant reported a total of 14,075 passengers boarded flights to Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The numbers reflect the addition of two daily flights from Grand Junction to Dallas-Fort Worth and Salt Lake City that began in June.

Denver Air Connection, a company offering charter service between Grand Junction and Denver, reported 2,459 enplanements during the first half of 2012.

For all of 2011, 216,567 enplanements were reported at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, just shy of the 216,912 enplanements reported in 2010. A record 227,946 enplanements were reported in 2009.