New airline begins service to Southern California

Angela Padalecki
Andrew Levy

A new airline has launched service between Grand Junction and Southern California.

Avelo Airlines conducted the inaugural flight on May 9 of a route scheduled to offer four flights a week between Grand Junction Regional Airport and Hollywood Burbank Airport.

“We are elated to welcome Avelo to Grand Junction Regional Airport,”said Angela Padalecki, director of the airport. “Grand Junction is a destination surrounded by destinations, much like Burbank. This service addition will make the connection between our regions even stronger.”

Andrew Levy, chairman and chief executive officer of Avelo Airlines, agreed. “Grand Junction is the jumping-off point for the exhilarating outdoor adventures this region has to offer, and the new route will help stimulate demand and inspire customers to explore Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, downtown Grand Junction and beyond.”

Derek Wagner, vice president of intergovernmental and community affairs at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, said the service will improve connectivity for students and others. “People want to work, study and play in Grand Junction, and this flight is fantastic news for our entire region.”

Avelo has scheduled flights between Grand Junction and Burbank for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The airline serves the route with a 189-seat Boeing 737-800. Introductory one-way fares start at $19.

In addition to Grand Junction, Avelo serves a total of 10 more destinations in Arizona, California, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The destinations offer outdoor recreation and nearby national parks as well as serve a growing population of remote workers. 

Later this year, the airline plans to offer additional service from an East Coast base in Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut.

The flights to Burbank add to the commercial air service available at Grand Junction Regional Airport with flights to Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City as well as Mesa, Ariz., and Santa Ana, Calif.