According to data released by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA), central Ohio airports saw big gains in passenger and cargo traffic last month.
Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)
Over 23,000 more passengers got on and off flights at Port Columbus in May this year than in the same month during 2014.
Passenger numbers at CMH grew +4.1% last month to 595,177 – the best May total for the airport in more than 8 years.
Southwest Airlines was the largest carrier, flying 203,015 passengers into and out of the city, up 15,198 from the same period last year.
Air Canada Express, Delta, and United Airlines also saw gains between +2.1 and +17.8%, while the combined American Airlines/US Airways posted a slight loss of -2.4%.
Year-to-date, Port Columbus has seen +5% more passengers versus 2014 – a gain of 123,223 to 2,652,732.
New air service is helping to fuel this growth, with additional flights planned or started just this year from CMH to Atlanta, Boston, Cancun, Dallas, Oakland, Punta Cana, and Washington DC (which we covered previously here).
The trend of increasing numbers of flights and non-stop destinations at Port Columbus is also expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Elaine Roberts, President and CEO of the CRAA, said in a statement, “As the Columbus economy continues to grow, our airlines are expanding their service offerings to meet the business and leisure travel needs of the nation’s 15th largest city. All indications are that we’ll continue to see even more air service added in 2015.”
Rickenbacker Inland Port (LCK)
Meanwhile, cargo and passenger growth also continued at Rickenbacker Inland Port, located south of Columbus near Lockbourne.
May saw Emirates Air Cargo begin new direct flights between Columbus and Dubai, helping to boost total cargo volume at the airport by more than 25% compared to 2014.
While the main focus of Rickenbacker is cargo traffic, the airport also has a small passenger terminal which is used for private charters as well as regularly scheduled non-stop service to 7 vacation destinations on Allegiant Air.
This service also saw strong gains last month at LCK, more than doubling from 6,082 passengers in May 2014 to 12,496 last month.
For more information on Port Columbus International Airport visit their website, flycolumbus.com.
For more information on Rickenbacker Inland Port visit their website, rickenbackerinlandport.com.
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