033117---Airport---Cameron-Moix1CCThe Colorado Springs Airport reported today that March 2017 numbers were up 42.7 percent over March 2016. The airport accommodated 63,078 passengers in March, an increase mainly attributed to Frontier Airlines’ return to the airport in April of last year. Frontier did not serve COS in March 2016.

“The growth here at our local airport has been extremely encouraging,” said Mayor John Suthers in a COS news release.  “We are seeing tremendous momentum in augmented air service as well as passenger traffic and I encourage our residents to continue to look before you book and support the Colorado Springs Airport. We appreciate the confidence our airline partners have shown and we are committed to continuing to earn their commitments.”

 The release goes on to say that American Airlines posted an increase of 21.1 percent, followed by United Airlines (11.6 percent), and Alaska Airlines (4.3 percent).

According to the release, the average percentage of available seats airlines fill was strong in March 2017, with all airlines serving COS reporting load factors in excess of 80 percent. According to the airport, Delta Airlines had the highest load factor with 91.9 percent, followed by Frontier Airlines (91.3 percent), and Allegiant Airlines (89 percent).

 “COS is on an upward trajectory and we are working hard to maintain and strengthen our air service options for the community,” Greg Phillips, director of aviation for the city of Colorado Springs said in the release. “By July, we will have celebrated six inaugural flights to current and new destinations. These are exciting times for our airport and for the Colorado Springs community.”

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