American Eagle operates the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.
“The Western Slope community has been very supportive of our service,” said Gary Foss, vice president of marketing and planning for American Eagle. “We wanted to add an additional flight this summer, and we are confident that the community will support it.”
“American Airlines has been a great partner to work with, and the addition of a third American flight is good news for all of us,” said Jim Doody, mayor of Grand Junction. “More flight options makes Grand Junction just that much more desirable to the travelers and business people who help support our economy. It also means more choice for those of us who live here, which is always a good thing.”
Frontier Airlines began service to Grand Junction, its fourth Colorado market, on May 1. Grand Junction is the fourth of seven new regional markets Frontier announced in February, all of which are shorter-haul markets, better suited to leveraging the economics of the 74-seat Bombardier Q400. A fleet of 10 Q400 aircraft are operated for Frontier by Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. subsidiary Lynx Aviation.
“The addition of Frontier Airlines into the Grand Junction market gives business travelers more options in terms of air travel which is vitally important as our businesses continue to grow and expand their markets,” said President/CEO of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Diane Schwenke.
“Now, more Coloradans will have access to the high-quality, low-cost airfare Frontier provides,” said Frontier President and CEO Sean Menke. “Our service to these four new Colorado destinations will make it easier than ever for people to visit this great state and experience all it has to offer.”
In addition to the expansion in its home state of Colorado, Frontier also announced several new non-stops to other Rocky Mountain and regional destinations from Denver including: Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, N.D.; Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Jackson, Wyo.; and Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Mont.