Airport and Airline Partners Prepare for Busy Winter Holiday Travel


Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Airline Partners Prepare for Busy Winter Holiday Travel

Fresno, CA (October 9, 2018) – Domestic and international carriers based at Fresno Yosemite International Airport plan to accommodate this year’s busy winter holiday travel season by increasing flight frequencies and seat capacity.  In anticipation of strong passenger bookings expected over the winter holiday travel period, airlines have increased flights and seat capacity to accommodate travelers beginning in November and into January 2019.

“The Airport has experienced a continuous increase in travelers year-round and it is anticipated that the upcoming holiday travel period may be our busiest winter season,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle. “We are pleased that our airline partners have committed to adding flights and seat capacity to connect travelers to their destinations over the peak holiday travel periods.”

Alaska Airlines will increase frequency to the Pacific Northwest by adding a fourth daily departure to Seattle and twice daily service to Portland.  Plans to ramp up intrastate connectivity along the Pacific Coast include the airline offering a third daily flight to San Diego.  Alaska Airlines will operate service to all three markets with the E175 aircraft.

American Airlines will operate a third daily departure between Fresno and Dallas Fort-Worth on the 737 multi-class aircraft, and on select days, the airline will offer a fourth daily departure.

International air service between Fresno and Mexico will also increase over the winter season.  Volaris will double frequency to Guadalajara, Mexico with twice daily flights on select days into January 2019.  The expanded service is in addition to the airline’s twice weekly nonstop flights to Morelia, Mexico. To further accommodate holiday travelers, AeroMexico will transition to daily service to Guadalajara into the new year.  Between carriers AeroMexico and Volaris, access to Mexico will double with four international departures to Mexico on certain days of the week.

The launch of Frontier Airlines earlier this year provides an additional airline option and seat capacity to the Denver market this winter.  Flight options from Fresno to other nonstop cities or to connect to destinations beyond include:

  • Allegiant to Las Vegas
  • American Airlines to Los Angeles and Phoenix
  • Delta to Salt Lake City
  • United Airlines to Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco

With the Airport’s continuous upward trend in passenger growth, coupled with airlines transitioning to larger aircraft, various expansion projects are on the horizon including the current Gates 6/8 passenger boarding bridge installation and gate area remodel.  The new bridge will accommodate larger aircraft as well as provide passengers with quick and easy boarding. A remodel of the waiting area will feature new seating, charging stations and enhanced digital signage.   Timely with the winter travel season, the new bridge and waiting area will begin welcoming travelers in mid-November.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport – Fresno Yosemite International Airport currently offers Valley passengers daily nonstop flights to Chicago (seasonal), Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara and Morelia, Mexico on domestic and international carriers.  Fresno Yosemite International Airport is a municipally owned entity operating as a self-supporting enterprise. No City of Fresno general funds are used to operate Fresno Yosemite International Airport or Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.

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