Grand Junction Regional Airport sees steady progress as a top 100 airport

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- As one of the top 100 busiest airports in the U.S., Grand Junction’s small 4-percent increase in on time performance is actually a good sign.

“There were a lot of things in 2020 that were not great for our industry, that’s no secret,” Angela Padalecki discusses, “One silver lining that really became apparent in the last week, with data coming out, is that we had the highest on-time percentage performance more flights departed on time than any year, I think ever.”

When you read the entire study, it is not critical at all but highlights success.

“The numbers and rankings found in this one article are based off improvement instead of overall performance,” Cora Dickey reports, “Since GJT already makes efficiency a priority for the airport, the low ranking proves the pandemic didn’t delay progress for on-time performance.”

June of this year was the busiest month in GJT history for passengers flying in and out, topping its previous record in October 2019.

“Now that we’re coming out of the pandemic, we’re entering that season where we’re going to start moving millions of cubic yards of dirt out to build that runway as early as this fall but definitely by next year,” Angela Padalecki mentions.

According to Padalecki, better on-time performance last summer was a win for passengers, airports, and airlines alike. Now that all airports are back to being busy again, Grand Junction Regional hopes for more record-setting months in the future.

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