Fall traffic at Colorado Springs Airport increasing ahead of holiday travel

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) continued the fall travel season with an increase in enplanements and seats, exceeding 2019 volumes. For the month of October 2021, 97,967 passengers were enplaned, representing a 22.6 percent increase from October 2019. Total passengers increased by 22.9 percent from 2019, with 194,192 passengers traveling through the terminal in October.

Increased capacity contributed to 126,117 seats in the market – a 34.2 percent increase from October 2019. The increase is attributed to the addition of Southwest Airlines’ five, nonstop markets beginning March of this year and other carriers’ growth, including using larger aircrafts. The latest route added to the COS nonstop schedule is Frontier Airlines’ nonstop service to Orlando (MCO).

The average load factor for all five carriers was 77.7 percent, down 7.4 percent from October 2019. Including through passengers, COS saw an average 80.1 percent load factor.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, an increase in traffic is expected, so travelers are reminded to arrive at the TSA checkpoint at least 90 minutes prior to their flight departure. Additionally, the federal mask mandate is still in effect and has been extended to January 18, 2022. Masks are required inside all areas of the airport and on all aircraft.

COS has also launched its popular holiday parking promotion, offering $4.00 daily long-term parking from November 22, 2021, to November 29, 2021, and December 20, 2021, to January 3, 2022. Travelers can redeem the savings on long-term parking over the course of two periods of time. Passengers are advised to use a manned booth when exiting outside of the promotional periods.

Looking Ahead:

All five carriers at COS value customers’ health and safety. Please visit each carrier’s website for further information:

Nonstop routes:

  • American Airlines
    • Nonstop to Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)
    • Nonstop to Chicago (ORD) – seasonal service
  • Delta Air Lines
    • Nonstop to Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Frontier Airlines
    • Nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Nonstop to Orlando (MCO) - seasonal service; November 5 – April 26
    • Nonstop to Phoenix (PHX)
  • Southwest Airlines
    • Nonstop to Denver (DEN) - easy connections coast-to-coast
    • Nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Nonstop to Phoenix (PHX)
    • Nonstop to Dallas (Love Field – DAL)
    • Nonstop to Chicago (Midway- MDW)
    • Nonstop to Houston (Hobby - HOU) – seasonal service; select November through January dates
    • Nonstop to San Antonio (SAT) – seasonal service; select November through January dates
  • United Airlines
    • Nonstop to Chicago (ORD)
    • Nonstop to Denver (DEN) - easy connections worldwide
    • Nonstop to Houston (IAH)
    • Nonstop to Los Angeles (LAX)

Colorado Springs Airport’s small size means small commutes, small lines, and small waits. It means friendliness, safety, and comfort. It also means big options on daily nonstop flights and hundreds of connections worldwide. For more information visit FlyCOS.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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