Friday, December 16, 2016

Sonoma County Airport airline traffic rises 30% in November

The Santa Rosa airport had another busy month in November, based on newly released figures.

The number of passengers flying through Santa Rosa’s Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport in November dropped slightly from October, but was up 30 percent over last year, according to numbers released Dec. 15.

The latest report also reveals that total passengers flying in and out of the airport in November was 29,219 compared with 30,980 in October, and 21,732 a year before. For the year to date, passengers have totaled 312,211 up from 240,129 in 2015.

More flights, fuller planes on Alaska Airlines and second carrier Allegiant Air has helped boost airline travel. Las Vegas-based low-cost airline Allegiant began flights between Santa Rosa and Las Vegas and Mesa in May.

Allegiant reported 3,877 passengers in November with a load factor of 65 percent, and 25,733 passengers for the year.

Although Allegiant will cease flights to Arizona on Jan. 2, American Airlines will begin service as the third carrier at the Santa Rosa airport with service to Phoenix Feb. 16.

In November, Alaska Airlines reported 25,408 passengers with a load factor of 80 percent. For the year, Alaska’s ridership is up 19.5 percent, at 240,129.

The load factor for the airport — how full the seats were on each plane — was 80 percent year to date, up 1.3 percent, so the airport saw a slight increase in ridership as well.

In November, there were 225 arrivals and departures.


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