Passenger Traffic at Fresno Yosemite International Tops 1.4 Million in 2015
Fresno, CA (March 11, 2016) – A total of 1,408,922 passengers traveled through Fresno Yosemite International Airport in 2015 - marking the third straight year of over 1.4 million passengers served. An improving economy has produced a notable 21 percent passenger growth rate from 2009 – 2015.
International traffic to Guadalajara, Mexico continues to sustain steady growth with over 149,300 passengers traveling between Fresno and Guadalajara in 2015. Seasonal flight adjustments made by Aeromexico and Volaris in December generated additional seat capacity contributing to record performance for international passenger traffic.
Domestic airlines carried strong traffic in 2015 complemented by adjustments to larger aircraft and additional routes served. In September, American Airlines began to operate an E175 series aircraft on the Fresno/Los Angeles route as part of an industry shift to more operationally efficient and customer-friendly jets. Low-cost carrier Allegiant wrapped up the year with a December launch of service to Phoenix-Mesa providing travelers a second airline option to the popular destination. Alaska Airlines, United, and Delta experienced solid bookings throughout the year and remained at or near full capacity during peak travel periods.
“These strong traffic totals demonstrate the airlines’ commitment to our market of meeting the Central Valley’s air service needs,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “We appreciate the support of our passengers for choosing to fly though the Fresno Airport and are committed to continually working on enhancing services to the traveling public.”
January 2016 passenger traffic was a record month at 8 percent over January 2015. Additional flight frequencies in 2016 will continue to generate extra seat capacity to markets served. Volaris has extended twice Sunday service to Guadalajara through May. Alaska Airlines will add a second Portland flight to its daily schedule in mid-March and will increase from two to three daily flights between Fresno and San Diego in early April.
Fresno Yosemite is a significant regional transportation center serving travelers throughout the San Joaquin Valley and its aviation activities provide a substantial employment base. Additional flights and travel options anticipated in 2016 will continue to further Fresno Yosemite’s role as an engine of economic growth for the region.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport currently offers Valley passengers daily non-stop flights to Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara, Mexico on domestic and international carriers. Fresno Yosemite is a municipally owned entity operating as a self-supporting enterprise. No City of Fresno general funds are used to operate Fresno Yosemite International or Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.