Colorado Springs airport passenger numbers hit 14-year high in January | Content reserved for subscribers
Despite more than 100 canceled flights last month, the number of passengers at Colorado Springs Airport hit its highest level in 14 years in January.
The 66,694 passengers departing on outbound flights in January was the highest for that month since 2008, airport officials reported Wednesday. January’s total is more than double the number of passengers departing in January 2021. However, January’s total was down more than 20,000 from December and was the lowest monthly total since last April – the first full month of operations in Colorado Springs for South West Airlines.
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Colorado Springs Aviation Director Greg Phillips said January’s numbers likely would have been higher had it not been for 107 flight cancellations due to weather, flight crew shortages earlier in the month due to the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus and other reasons. Cancellations accounted for 8.5% of the airport’s flight schedule for the month.
“January was tough due to weather-related cancellation issues and omicron spikes, but we weren’t hit as hard as the major hubs,” Phillips said. “January is always a slow month, but February really started to pick up, especially over the President’s Day weekend. We saw 3,000 people a day last week going through the security checkpoint, around 500 less than average during our peak month of July.”
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The Southwest led passenger numbers in January, carrying nearly 30,000 passengers, or 44.5% of the total. United and American reported significant increases in passenger numbers in January from a year earlier – nearly double for United and more than 50% for American. Delta and Frontier recorded slight increases for the same period.
The five airlines operating at the airport sold 67.3% of their available seats in January, down from 57.6% in January 2021 but down from 80.1% in December.
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