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Grand Junction airport is a booming place

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
Grand Junction correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Wyatt Haupt Jr./Free PressThe number of people who passed through Grand Junction Regional Airport surged to 22,125 last month. That was up more than 14 percent from the 19,343 people, who flew in and out of the airport in June 2008.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Passenger traffic at Grand Junction Regional Airport soared into record territory in June, as commercial carriers powered their way to the busiest month ever at the transportation venue.

The number of people who passed through the airport surged to 22,125 last month. That was up more than 14 percent from the 19,343 people, who flew in and out of the airport in June 2008, based on data released Thursday.

“The best month of all time,” said airport manager Rex Tippetts, on the June passenger data.

United Airlines continued to rank as the busiest carrier even though its totals dipped to 6,598 in June from 6,649 in June 2008. Frontier Airlines was the second busiest carrier with 3,789 passengers followed by American Eagle at 3,715.

Passenger traffic for American Eagle was up substantially having increased about 40 percent from June 2008, largely because the carrier added a third flight within the last year, Tippetts said.

Frontier was up about 6 percent from June 2008.

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Delta Air Lines boosted its passenger counts to 3,499 in June from 3,232 in June 2008, the airport reported.

Allegiant Air more than doubled its total as traffic counts increased to 2,614 in June from 1,224 in June 2008. That increase in traffic was a direct result of Allegiant adding flights to Los Angeles earlier this year.

Allegiant also provides service to Las Vegas.

US Airways rounded out the list of carriers with 1,910 passengers in June. That was down from 2,037 in June 2008.

Traffic counts also increased for the sixth consecutive month, when compared with the same periods in 2008.

For the sixth-month period ending June 30 passenger traffic totaled 110,021. That is up from 95,887 in the same sixth-month period ending June 30, 2008.

“Incredible airfare and better than average service for a community of our size. They [people] are going everywhere,” said Tippetts on some of the reasons why passenger counts are up at the airport.

Passenger traffic is on pace to best the record of 211,917 set in 2008. The counts only reflect scheduled commercial carriers.

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