Monday, July 23, 2018

Eugene Airport (KEUG) on track to exceed 1 million passengers for second year in a row

The Eugene Airport is on track to beat last year’s record of 1 million passengers.

Through June, the airport has served 546,568 paying passengers, nearly 15 percent more than the 475,816 paying passengers served in the same period last year. The airport, northwest of Eugene, has had eight years of passenger increases.

“We’ve got a lot more (airlines seat) capacity,” Airport Director Tim Doll said. “We’re hoping to reach the 1.1 or 1.5 million mark this year.”

Airlines have added flights and 8 percent more seats from Eugene compared with last year, which has boosted the passenger totals, he said. Doll said he expects the number to continue to grow, even though Alaska Airlines plans to stop offering flights to San Jose in August. Five airlines operate from Eugene.

A strong economy is helping, Doll said. More people have money to travel and are looking to fly out of Eugene because it’s more convenient than driving to and flying from Portland International Airport, he said.

The Port of Portland, which operates the airport, did not yet have passenger figures for June, spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Through May, nearly 7.5 million passengers had used the airport, up 4.6 percent from the same period a year ago, he said.

Portland offers passengers a choice of about 20 airlines, some of which serve only international passengers.

All of the commercial airlines flying out of Eugene saw an increase in travelers during the past six months compared with last year, according to June’s passenger report.

With 64,794 passengers, American Airlines had an increase of nearly 51 percent compared with the same time last year. Last year, American had carried 43,029 passengers during the same period.

However, United Airlines carries the most passengers to and from Eugene. Through June, 169,869 travelers had flown on United to and from Eugene. Alaska Airlines, with 157,386 passengers, was the second busiest airline in Eugene.

Delta Airlines and Allegiant Air also fly out of Eugene.

Total number of passengers year-to-date

Airline, 2018, 2017; percent change

Alaska: 157,386, 154,631 1.8 percent

Allegiant: 66,270, 59,426 11.5 percent

American: 64,794, 43,029 50.6 percent

Delta: 84,014, 60,638 38.6 percent

United: 169,869, 152,499 11.4 percent

Source: Eugene Airport

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