Written by The Business Journal Staff
Since 2009, passenger traffic at FYI has increased 21 percent.
International traffic to Guadalajara, Mexico remains strong, with 149,300 passengers traveling between Fresno and Guadalajara last year. Seasonal flight adjustment by carriers Aeromexico and Volaris in December 2015 generated additional seat capacity, leading to a new record for international passengers.
Domestic carriers including American Airlines and Allegiant also started operating larger aircraft and adding new routes.
“These strong traffic totals demonstrate the airlines’ commitment to our market of meeting the Central Valley’s air service needs,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle in a statement. “We appreciate the support of our passengers for choosing to fly though the Fresno Airport and are committed to continually working on enhancing services to the traveling public.”
This year promises to continue the trend, according to airport officials, who said January passenger traffic was a record month with an 8-percent increase over January 2015. Carriers also have big plans this year, with Volaris extending its twice-Sunday service to Guadalajara through May and Alaska Airlines planning to add a second Portland flight to its daily schedule this month and increasing the daily flights between Fresno and San Diego from two to three in early April.