Grand Junction air traffic climbs to record heights for June

A record number of passengers boarded commercial flights at the Grand Junction Regional Airport during June, according to the latest statistics from the airport authority.

A total of 22,561 enplanements — passengers boarding regularly scheduled commercial flights — were reported for the month. That’s a 10.7 percent increase over June 2015.

American Airlines reported a total of more than 10,000 enplanements on flights to Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix, an increase of 21 percent over June 2015. Delta Airlines reported a 30 percent increase in passengers on flights to Salt Lake City compared to the same month last year.

For the first half of 2016, 107,769 enplanements were reported at the Grand Junction airport. That’s a 5.6 percent increase over the same span in 2015 and a 1.7 percent increase over the five-year average for that period.

For all of 2015, 218,948 enplanements were reported at the Grand Junction airport, only slightly below the 219,252 enplanements reported for 2014. Commercial passenger traffic peaked in 2009 with 227,946 enplanements.

Commercial airlines offer nonstop service from Grand Junction to six destinations: Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.