Frontier Airlines passengers are helping Colorado Springs Airport build traffic numbers.
We've all done it — driven a friend to or from Denver International Airport, gnashing our teeth all the way.
Well, it appears those anxiety-laden trips are giving way to Colorado Springs residents looking for a more convenient way to fly.
The Colorado Springs Airport reports a 31 percent increase in passengers through November, for a total of 1,532,822 passengers, compared to the same time in 2016. In the month of November, 145,573 passengers departed or arrived at COS, an increase of 18.8 percent over November 2016.
Part of the surge was due to Frontier Airlines
adding numerous destinations in the last year, including Chicago O'Hare; Los Angeles; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Fort Myers, Florida; and Tampa Bay, Florida. Before those additions, Frontier already flew from COS to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando.
Thus, Frontier reported 209,562 passengers in year-to-date traffic through November, an increase of 291.2 percent from the previous year.
From an airport news release:
November’s year-to-date load factors (the percentage of seats filled with paying passengers) remained steady. Delta reported a 93.0 percent load factor, followed by American at 86.8 percent, United at 85.9 percent, Frontier at 84.7 percent, and Allegiant at 79.7 percent.
COS currently serves 13 nonstop flights with 5 airlines. Service to Seattle, Washington and San Antonio, Texas begins April 8, 2018, with new routes to Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota and San Jose, California beginning April 9.
COS encourages residents in southern Colorado to “look before you book,” and offers simple parking, easy check-in, and a short drive home.