Before COVID-19 Montrose Regional Airport was growing twice as fast. Aviation Director for the airport, Lloyd Arnold says, “We were pushing about 320,000 people through our terminal per year.”
During COVID-19, an airport employee says passengers dropped from 14,000 in February to about 150 in March and the now, new normal for Montrose Regional is the same story everywhere else. “We are using CDC approved and recommended products for the cleaning of our terminal, and dedicated to keeping passengers safe,” says Arnold.
While the airport’s focused on keeping you safe, they’re also taking care of their own thanks to over $2 million in government aid. Lloyd says, “The CARES Act money will fill some of that money that we are actually providing to our concessionaires to keep them going.”
Federal funds go to payroll while airport dollars go to summer projects right on time. Lloyd says a major capital project not funded by CARES Act dollars is the rehabilitation of runway 1331, and that’s not all. “We are also moving forward with our terminal design because we are almost going to be doubling the size of our terminal,” says Arnold.
Can’t get that direct flight to the major city near you at Grand Junction Regional Airport? Then why not try Montrose Regional Airport? Lloyd Arnold says they’re the fastest growing airport in the state. “Montrose Regional has the most direct flights outside of Denver International in the entire state of Colorado. The most direct hub destination flights, and I think that is key to our growth.”
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