Friday, April 28, 2017

St. George Regional Airport (KSGU) near capacity, expansion needed sooner than expected (with video)

St. George, Utah — (KUTV) Flights going in and out of St. George Regional Airport are packed full -- so full that people wanting to purchase a ticket are unable to do so.

This growth, according to airport officials, is due to the growing St. George population and after three years, people are simply starting to realize how convenient this airport is. This reality is coming a lot quicker than officials expected, forcing some new expansion projects.

Richard Stehmeier, St. George Regional Airport Manager, said the airport had plans, many years down the road, to expand its parking lot, add more rental car spaces for people and to build a new concessions stand. But now, that may be coming sooner than people think.

Stehmeier said they’ve been seeing steady growth over the years but 2016 is the highest percentage they’ve seen.

“We’ve actually improved about 29 percent over last year,” Stehmeier said. He expects the numbers to climb higher than 200,000 total passengers this 2017 and so far they are well on the way to meeting that goal. The customers are to thank for that, said Stehmeier.

“They’re the ones that have done such an incredible job about being customers here.”

2News spoke with passengers about this sudden stampede of people wanting to fly out of the St. George airport, to hear from them watch the news story above.

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