Airport Traffic Report and Update July 2019

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Colorado Springs, CO – From January through July 2019, 756,664 passengers have traveled through the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), representing an 11.4 percent decrease in year-to-date (YTD) traffic compared to 2018 and 9.7 percent fewer seats available in the market. However, these seats continue to be filled as YTD passenger load factors are up 0.8 percent. For the remainder of the year, all four carriers will increase service with 24 percent more available seats scheduled in the market – offering 3,000+ daily departing seats. 

For the month of July, the four carriers at COS enplaned a total of 82,602 passengers on 0.7 percent fewer seats for the month when compared to July 2018. Passenger load factors for the month were down 3.7 percent, as passengers filled an average of 85.2 percent of all seats during the month.

Looking Ahead

Colorado Springs Airport

  • The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) received a $9,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) through their Charge Ahead Colorado program to build a Level 2 dual-port electric vehicle charging station. The project is slated to begin construction in late fall with an anticipated completion in the beginning of 2020.
  • Effective September 1, 2019, the maximum daily rate for long-term and short-term parking will increase by $1 making the new parking rates respectively $7/$9. The current parking rates were set in 1998 and have remained unchanged since that time.  This minimal rate increase accounts for capital improvements to the parking system and maintenance costs for the parking lots. 

American

  • American Airlines announced additional winter seasonal service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
    • Travelers will have greater access to the warm Phoenix winter with the opportunity to connect to 53 additional destinations and eliminate the need to drive to Denver for those connections.
    • Daily Airbus A319 service begins December 18 and is currently scheduled to run through April 6, 2020. Seats are available for purchase.

Delta

  • Starting in December, Delta will add Tuesday to their Atlanta schedule. This will add 20 percent more capacity to Atlanta and increase their schedule to 6x weekly departures, Sunday – Friday. 

Frontier

  • Looking for great deals for Fall Travel? Frontier’s 2019 summer seasonal service to Atlanta, Minneapolis/St Paul, San Antonio and Washington, D.C. is extended through November 13.
  • Starting the week of November 11, Las Vegas and Phoenix increase daily service to 10x weekly with 2x daily flights on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday – that sounds like the making for a long weekend getaway!
  • After September 5, Frontier will temporarily suspend service to Orlando and resume service October 3. Starting November 14, Orlando will switch from a redeye to a 3x weekly daytime flight on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. 
  • On September 6, Frontier will upgauge from an A321 to an A321, adding 50 seats per aircraft for all flights to Minneapolis/St Paul, San Antonio, and Las Vegas.

United 

  • On October 27, United will add a 3rd daily flight to Los Angeles.
  • United continues Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 mainline service to DEN.

COS currently serves 13 nonstop destinations on 4 airlines, including the return of Frontier’s seasonal service. With up to 35 daily departures to choose from and connecting options to over 300 destinations around the world, COS encourages residents in southern Colorado to “look before you book,” and offers simple parking, easy check-in, and a short drive home. ¬

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