Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno’s Yosemite International Airport, increased flight frequencies and a transition of carriers toward larger aircrafts helped fuel the record growth in its first quarter.
Recent changes at the airport have result in an additional 24 weekly departures, with carriers such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Allegiant bolstering service. Aeromexico and Volaris also plan to add more flights to Guadalajara, Mexico.
The added flights have resulted in a 17.1-percent increase in available seats leading into the summer season over last year.
American Airlines also plans to transition to a 737-8 aircraft from an MD80 this month, which will add an extra 20 passengers to the airline’s twice-daily service from Fresno to Dallas, Texas.
“The additional seat capacity is a direct service enhancement and we commend our airline partners for recognizing the air service opportunities in our regional market,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “It is highly unusual for an airport of our size to gain a great number of seats and flights from multiple airline operators when compared to historic trends.”