Written by The Business Journal Staff
The milestone year represents a 10-percent increase in travelers served in 2016 compared to 2015 and outperforms the previous 2014 record by nearly 100,000 passengers.
Transitions to larger jet aircraft fleets combined with extra flights during peak travel seasons resulted in an 8.5-percent growth in domestic passengers and 21 percent growth in international passengers from 2015.
“Fresno Yosemite International Airport has a robust mix of airline choices and popular destinations, and is easy and convenient to use,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “The Airport’s historic year of passenger traffic is the result of our airline partners’ continued confidence in the Fresno market as well as travelers from our community and the Central Valley choosing Fresno Yosemite International Airport as their gateway to the world.”
Several other initiatives marked a busy year for Yosemite International Airport.
— Launch of a Customer Service Ambassador Program to assist passengers with the travel process, making contact with their airline, and navigating the airport
— Construction of an expanded cell phone waiting area to provide parking just seconds from the airport terminal to accommodate family and friends who are picking up arriving passengers
— Installation of Electric Vehicle charging stations in the public and employee parking lots, and in the operations area for airline ground support equipment
— Increased the capacity of the long term parking lot
— Delivery of a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle to support airport public safety emergency response
— Reconstruction of the commercial aviation ramp on the west side of the terminal, including the installation of in-ground power and other infrastructure to enhance airline operational efficiency
— Launch of a restaurant and wine bar concept by HMSHost with a new John Muir Grille menu inspired by wines and beers produced in the Central Valley region
The airport is currently undergoing a Master Plan Update that will guide growth over the next five, ten and 15 years.