Grand Junction Regional Airport receives more than 3 million dollars to improve airport functions

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) — Most people are in a hurry to get to their desired location to see family and friends.

The fastest way to get there and hug loved ones is by plane.

Passengers aren’t the only ones excited about traveling again, airport officials are too now that the feds handed Grand Junction Regional Airport a little more than three million dollars.

Angela Padalecki, Executive Director at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, says, “this grant truly is intended to fill gaps in those revenues shortfalls and make sure we can continue to operate efficiently, not have to cut costs, cut staff and really just maintain the same level of service our passengers are used too.”

With international travel back open, millions of Americans are packing airports across the country and the Western Slope is no exception.

GJT had more travelers last month than any time in the airport’s history.

Padalecki also says, “in our 91 years, October 2021 is the current record holder for month worth of activity. In October, we saw almost 56,000 passengers.”

The Grand Junction Regional Airport is not taxpayer-funded, so the more travelers, the more profit.

Padalecki added, “vaccination levels are relatively high, you know higher every day and so consumers have more and more confidence traveling.”

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