Grand Junction Regional Airport
|Grand Junction Regional Airport
|IATA: GJT – ICAO: KGJT – FAA LID: GJT|
|Owner||Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Grand Junction MSA|
|Location||Northern Grand Junction, Colorado|
|Elevation AMSL||4,858 ft / 1,481 m|
|Sources: airport website and FAA|
Grand Junction Regional Airport (IATA: GJT, ICAO: KGJT, FAA LID: GJT) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Grand Junction, a city in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Owned by the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority, it is the largest airport in western Colorado and third largest in the state.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 212,588 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 228,850 enplanements in 2009, and 219,358 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
The airport opened in 1930 as Grand Junction Municipal Airport. In 1942 it was renamed Walker Field for Walter Walker, a former publisher of The Daily Sentinel newspaper who helped obtain funds and business support for the airport. The airport and the airport authority were both renamed on May 15, 2007. Grand Junction Regional Airport is undergoing a $20 million renovation, of which $700,000 is designated to pay for signs containing the new name. The airport's terminal and fire building will continue to be named for Walker and a new $19 million roadway under construction will be called Walter Walker Blvd. In June 2010, a new Subway Cafe opened and serves passengers on both sides of the security checkpoint,and will serve sandwiches as well as coffee and alcoholic drinks. A new runway will be built 200 feet north of the existing one, with a target year of 2019. The original 10,501-foot runway will be turned into a taxi way. Outside the security checkpoint there is a play area for kids. Inside the terminal, there is a gift shop and TV monitors in the waiting area for passengers. The current terminal has two gates equipped with jet bridges designed for regional jets while other gates utilize outdoor airstairs.
Facilities and aircraft
Grand Junction Regional Airport covers an area of 2,357 acres (954 ha) at an elevation of 4,858 feet (1,481 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways with asphalt surfaces: 11/29 is 10,501 by 150 feet (3,201 x 46 m) and 4/22 is 5,502 by 75 feet (1,677 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 50,987 aircraft operations, an average of 139 per day: 60% general aviation, 30% air taxi, 7% military, and 3% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 102 aircraft based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 4% jet, and 3% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines provide scheduled passenger service:
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, Los Angeles|
|American Eagle||Dallas/Ft. Worth|
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Salt Lake City|
|Denver Air Connection operated by Key Lime Air||Denver-Centennial, Denver-Rocky Mountain|
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Denver, Houston-Intercontinental|
|United Express operated by Republic Airlines||Denver|
|US Airways Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Phoenix|
Historically, the airport had mainline jet service provided by several air carriers. The original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) joined the jet-age in 1966 when this carrier began operating new Boeing 727-100 jetliners into Grand Junction. Frontier operated nonstop Boeing 727 jet service three times a day to both Denver and Salt Lake City with direct, no change of plane 727 service also being flown to Kansas City and St. Louis. Grand Junction was one of the first destinations in Frontier's U.S. route system to receive this new 727 service. Prior to initiating jet service, Frontier had served the airport with Convair 580 turboprop aircraft. In later years, Frontier operated Boeing 737-200 jets into Grand Junction and also continued to serve the airport with Convair 580 propjet flights.
United Airlines also served the airport with mainline jet service. By the late 1960's, United had replaced their Douglas DC-6B piston engine prop airliner service with Boeing 727-100 jet flights flown nonstop on a daily basis to Denver and Las Vegas with direct, no change of plane 727 service to Chicago, Los Angeles and Omaha. United continued to expand their presence in Grand Junction over the years as winter sports activities including snow skiing increased in western Colorado. For example, during the winter ski season in 1974, United was operating two nonstop flights on a seasonal basis every Saturday round trip between Grand Junction and Los Angeles with Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-8 jet aircraft. United then expanded their ski season service during the winter of 1976. According to the February 1976 edition of the Official Airline Guide (OAG), United was flying four nonstop round trip flights every Saturday between Grand Junction and Los Angeles with Boeing 727-200 and Douglas DC-8 jetliners with other special nonstop LAX-GJT flights being operated every Sunday as well during ski season. There were also United nonstops being flown between Grand Junction and San Francisco with three round trip Boeing 727-100 flights operated every Saturday. And United was flying nonstop between Grand Junction and Chicago at this time with three round trip flights operated every Saturday with Boeing 727-100 and Douglas DC-8 jets. In addition, the airline was operating direct, one stop DC-8 jet flights on Saturdays between Grand Junction and Cleveland during the 1976 ski season. In later years, United operated daily Boeing 727-200 and Boeing 737-200 jet service from the airport as well.
Also during the winter of 1976, the original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) and Western Airlines both operated special ski season flights every Saturday with Boeing 737-200 jetliners. Frontier operated two round trip nonstop flights between Grand Junction and Dallas/Ft. Worth while Western was flying two round trip nonstop flights between Grand Junction and San Francisco.
In addition, Continental Airlines operated flights from Grand Junction with mainline jet aircraft during the 1980's and early 1990's when this air carrier was operating a major connecting hub in Denver. Jetliner types operated over the years by Continental from the airport included Boeing 727-100 and 727-200, Boeing 737-200 and 737-300, and Douglas DC-9-10 and DC-9-30 aircraft. Continental recently merged with United Airlines.
Currently, the only service operated with mainline jet aircraft from Grand Junction is flown by Allegiant Air with McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliners several days a week nonstop to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The other air carriers that presently serve the airport operate regional jet aircraft on their flights to various connecting hub airports.
- Grand Junction Regional Airport, official website
- FAA Airport Master Record for GJT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (GJT: Grand Junction / Walker Field)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Walker Field becomes Grand Junction Regional Airport". Associated Press. May 16, 2007.
- "Mayors want Walker Field to keep its name". Grand Junction Free Press. May 15, 2007.
- Denver Air Connection - Destinations, Retrieved 2013-11-18
- Grand Junction Regional Airport, official website
- Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) at Colorado DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of August 1993 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective December 12, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GJT, effective December 12, 2013
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