Fresno Yosemite International Airport served a record number of passengers in fiscal 2017-18. Photo by David Castellon
Written by David Castellon
This past fiscal year was a record breaker for Fresno Yosemite International Airport, which served 1.63 million travelers.
The number of people served from July of last year to the end of June of this year marked a 6.3-percent increase over the 1.53 million passengers who went through the airport over the prior fiscal year, which had previously been the record year, airport officials report.
Specifically, during fiscal 2017-18, the number of international travelers grew 1.5 percent compared to the prior fiscal year, while domestic passenger ridership went up 7.1 percent over the same period.
“This impressive passenger growth rate is a testament of Central Valley travelers choosing Fresno Yosemite International Airport as their airport of choice, as well our airline partners’ commitment to providing a variety of airline options for the region,” Fresno’s director of aviation, Kevin Meikle, said in a written statement. “As the region continues to grow, we are actively planning and preparing for capacity-related facility and infrastructure improvements that will be necessary within the next five years.”
“Record passenger growth has contributed to an annual economic impact of $788.5 million to the regional economy and an employment base of 9,307 direct, induced and indirect jobs. Citing strong financial performance and record passenger levels, the airport recently received a two-notch upgrade from Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings from BBB+ to A, with a stable outlook,” states a Fresno-Yosemite press release.
As for what prompted the higher passenger numbers, airport officials cited expanded flight frequencies, airlines transitioning to larger aircraft and the launch of air service to new destinations over the past year or more.