GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
The Grand Junction Regional Airport may be the smallest airport in the country, but a big boom in business could be coming with the addition of the sixth airline offering direct flights to the mile high city. Executive Director with the airport, Angela Padalecki says, “A year ago we were hoping we would make it. That the airport wouldn’t close. You know, our fears were really serious and deep fears, and now here we are entering our busiest summer ever.”
The plane from the inaugural flight from Denver to Grand Junction has just touched down marking a new page in history, and with the connection from the Front Range to the Western Slope might be a new boom to the local economy. Governor Polis was on that flight and says, “It’s also about making Mesa County and Western Colorado a better place to do business because companies look for areas that are served by major carriers with major capacity, and this will help create jobs right here in Mesa County.”
Water jets are only used to celebrate inaugural flights or retiring pilots and Governor Polis celebrates bridging the connection to the future. “I couldn’t think of a better occasion than bringing Grand junction and Denver together,” said Governor Polis.
Frontier offers a 40 minute direct flight to Denver starting at $39 versus a four and a half hour drive. “And, not only get to the Front Range. There’s access to dozens of cities in Frontier’s network. So, it makes it a lot less expensive if you want to go to Mexico, or the Caribbean,” said the Governor.
Zaira Solis is one of the passengers taking the very next Frontier flight. Zaira says, “In Denver, I have a flight I’m catching to Mexico. So, this just saves a lot of time than driving.” But, the connection to family even faster means everything. “I have my family here. So, I come at least once a year. Sometimes twice a year to see them,” said Solis. She adds since Frontier offers non-stop flights to Grand Junction from Denver, she will see her family even more.