The Grand Junction Regional Airport “is always seeking to cultivate and grow relationships with airlines,” its executive director, Angela Padalecki, says.
That includes exploring opportunities for bringing new airlines to town, or for airlines with local service to add routes and flights.
It also can involve the airport providing incentives for airlines to provide new services — just so long as the airport makes the same incentives available to other airlines. And in the meantime, a relatively new outside entity known as the Grand Junction Regional Air Service Alliance can work independently to also offer inducements to airlines to get them to broaden what air travel is available locally.
As it happened, both the airport and the alliance provided incentives that were involved in Avelo Airlines choosing to fly to Grand Junction.
The new airline earlier this month announced it will offer four flights a week between Grand Junction and Hollywood Burbank Airport in California. Padalecki said that Avelo qualified for, and agreed to accept, an incentive the airport offered to waive airport rates, fees and charges for its first year in operation. It also was eligible to receive $25,000 for marketing, but declined that.
This week Frontier Airlines announced it will be flying three days a week between Grand Junction and Denver. Padalecki said Frontier also qualifies for…