For now eight consecutive months, the number of people flying into and out of SHV has been higher than during the same month in the previous year.
The upward trend began in Nov. 2013 and continued in the final month of the year. During the first six months of 2014, a total of 303,867 passengers have chosen to Fly Shreveport. That is an increase of 24,125 passengers year-over-year, up nearly 9%.
The load factor, or the percentage of available seats filled with revenue passengers, has remained above 80% since Nov. 2013 and has even reached 90% in certain months.
This is a key airline metric to utilize in considering whether to add seat capacity via larger aircraft or additional flights.
Shreveport Airport Authority Director of Airports Bryant L. Francis, C.M. said, "We are pleased to see the increase in usage at Shreveport Regional, and believe it is a sign that our customers, both residents and visitors alike, have increasing comfort & confidence in our facilities and the air service which exists here through our airline partners. There continues to be a consistent behind-the-scenes effort to realize additional seats and nonstop flights to keep the growth momentum going for a long time to come, furthering the economic development potential of the entire Ark-La-Tex Region. Discussions with airlines to increase the size of aircraft operating here are making progress."
On Wednesday, July 2, Delta Air Lines began serving Shreveport Regional Airport with its 110-seat Boeing 717 aircraft, offering daily First Class nonstop service to Atlanta. The aircraft, with 12 First Class / 15 Economy Comfort / 83 Economy seats, also features WiFi on board. Delta adds a second Boeing 717 to its schedule on October 1. Delta has seen very strong demand for its Shreveport service.
Meanwhile, American Airlines will reintroduce First Class service to the Shreveport market after a more than decade long hiatus beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19 operating on 2 of 7 daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, increasing to 3 of 7 daily flights in October. Flights offering First Class will be operated with the 63-seat (9 First Class / 54 Economy) Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft.
Allegiant Air, with year round nonstop flights to Las Vegas and seasonal service to Orlando, has also ramped up its flight schedule for the summer, offering four weekly flights to Las Vegas. Additionally, Orlando service has returned until mid-August with a new aircraft serving the route, an Airbus A-320, which has 177 seats, 11 more seats per flight than in previous years. Allegiant consistently operates with load factors in excess of 90%.
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