At the end of February, 2018, a total of 255,477 passengers traveled through the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), representing a 17.2 percent increase in year-to-date traffic from February, 2017. 63,570 enplaned passengers and 63,263 deplaned passengers amount to a total of 126,833 passengers traveling through COS during the month of February, an increase of 17.0 percent from February, 2017. Frontier Airlines reported 38,550 passengers in year-to-date traffic, an increase of 64.7 percent from the previous year.
February’s year-to-date load factors (the percentage of seats filled with paying passengers) was down slightly at 1.2 percent from 2017. American reported an 85.7 percent load factor, followed by Delta at 84.4 percent, Frontier at 81.3 percent, United at 77.1 percent, and Allegiant at 54.1 percent.
COS currently serves 13 nonstop flights on 5 airlines. On April 8, 2018 new service to Seattle, Washington, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an additional nonstop to Atlanta, Georgia will begin, and a new route to San Antonio, Texas begins on April 9. We will be hosting a ceremonious ribbon cutting at the airport for all four flights. The main event will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:40am with Mayor Suthers in attendance. Media is strongly encouraged to attend. A formal invite will be sent out following this press release.
At the end of April, 2018, Allegiant will halt its nonstop route to Las Vegas, Nevada and withdraw from the market due to low market demand and increased competition. “It is unfortunate and we hate to see any carrier leave the airport. We would welcome them back,” said Greg Phillips, Aviation Director for Colorado Springs Airport. “The good side of competition is that fares are down, but the bad side is there are winners and losers. Allegiant couldn’t compete.” COS serves nonstop flights to Chicago and Dallas on American Airlines, Atlanta and Salt Lake City with Delta; and Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Los Angeles on United Airlines. In 2016, Frontier reentered the Colorado Springs market and has since added 10 nonstop flights.
COS encourages residents in southern Colorado to “look before your book” for all your business and leisure travel needs. Simple parking, easy check-in, and a short drive home.