Grand Junction air traffic outpaces last year

Commercial passenger traffic at the Grand Junction airport so far this year continues to outpace last year.

According to the latest statistics from the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority, 16,884 enplanements — passengers boarding regularly scheduled commercial flights — were reported for April. That’s a 4.3 percent increase over the same month last year.

For the first four months of 2016, a total of 66,151 enplanements were reported. That’s a 6.6 percent increase over the same span in 2015 as well as a slight increase over the five-year average for that period.

The authority attributed the increase in part to one additional daily flight on service to both Dallas and Salt Lake City.

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.

American Airlines reported the most enplanements for April with a total of 6,907 on flights to Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix. United Airlines ranked second with 4,795 enplanements on flights to Denver.

Delta Airlines reported 3,150 enplanements on flights to Salt Lake City. Allegiant Airlines reported a total of 1,208 enplanements on flights to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Denver Air Connection reported 750 enplanements on flights to the Denver area. An additional 304 charter enplanements were reported.