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published on May 15, 2018 - 12:49 PM
Written by David Castellon

The first three months of 2018 was a record first quarter in terms of passenger numbers at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

A total of 367,278 domestic and international passengers passed through the airport, a 10.3 percent increase over the same period in 2017, Fresno Yosemite officials report.

International passenger traffic alone grew 10.6 percent over that period, while domestic passenger traffic grew 10.2 percent.

“The strong passenger traffic reflects our airline partners’ confidence in the Fresno market and is demonstrated by recent transitions to larger aircraft, expanded flight frequencies and the launch of service to new destinations,” Fresno’s director of aviation, Kevin Meikle, said in a recent statement.

That includes United Airlines adding daily mainline service to San Francisco, using a 166-seat Boeing 737 aircraft; Volaris Airlines offering new, non-stop flights to Morelia, Mexico three times a week; American Airlines increasing daily flights to Los Angeles from three to five; and United Airlines increasing daily flights to Los Angeles from two to four.

“We appreciate the support from our community and Central California’s travelers for choosing Fresno Yosemite International Airport as their gateway to the world,” Meikle’s statement continued.

Airport officials report the following changes starting this summer:

– Frontier Airlines will offer non-stop flights to Denver three times a week starting May 22.

– Daily non-stop service to Chicago on United Airlines will begin June 7.

– Twice-daily flights to Las Vegas Mondays and Thursdays on Allegiant Airlines will begin June 1.

– Twice-daily flights to Guadalajara, Mexico beginning June 16 on Volaris.

– Daily flights to Guadalajara on AeroMexico start June 1.

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