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among those expecting cargo yields to remain
the same or decline. Similarly, air freight, which
is highly dependent on local economic activity, is
expected to weaken. As such, Colorado air transportation jobs are estimated to contract 5.1% in
2012 after a decrease of 4.8% in 2011.
Passenger traffic at the Colorado Springs Airport
(COS) continues to slide; the airport ranks 89th
in the nation. Passenger traffic is expected to fall
12.4% in 2011 and 6.4% in 2012.
Grand Junction’s Walker Field (GJT) is anticipated
to recover from its decline in 2009-2010 by posting
1.4% growth in total passengers in 2011. GJT’s passenger traffic is forecasted to climb 1.3% in 2012.
Modest passenger growth is expected at 7 of Colorado’s 12 nonhub airports in 2011. Among those
airports projecting increases are Eagle County
Regional Airport, 2.7% (ranked 178th); Yampa
Valley Regional Airport, 2.9% (ranked 215th); and
Durango-La Plata County Airport, 10.4% (ranked
190th). In contrast, traffic at Aspen-Pitkin County
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