January 28, 2019 08:53
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2019
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Passenger traffic, last year, at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) was the highest it has been in more than a decade. And while passenger counts are on the rise, average fares at EVV have dropped, positioning Evansville Regional Airport as one of the fastest growing and most competitive-priced airports in the area.
EVV’s annual traffic grew by nearly seven percent in 2018, in comparison to passenger counts the previous year. EVV reports that through Dec. 2018, year-to-date enplanements, or passengers departing from EVV, totaled 235,082, surpassing the prior year’s traffic that totaled 220,046 passengers. EVV’s total number of travelers, which includes the passengers who flew in to EVV from other airports, also grew last year, to nearly a half million people annually. EVV’s passenger traffic has grown by 35 percent in only four short years.
Nate Hahn, who assumed the role of EVV’s new executive director, effective Jan.1, 2019, said that in the second quarter of last year alone, EVV achieved a 10 percent growth in traffic, paired with a 10 percent decline in airfares. The lower fares at EVV, Hahn said, are a result of many factors, including overall fare declines, more airlines and increased capacity, leisure-oriented market growth and Allegiant's new nonstop flights to Destin, Florida.
“We are very pleased with our growth and EVV’s position within the air travel market,” said Hahn. “Our region continues to respond to the additional capacity that we’ve added over the last few years, and we remain grateful for this support that allows us to continue digesting new growth, sustaining, and then growing even more.”
In addition to the positive impact being made from EVV’s recent air service additions, such as American Airline’s morning flights to Dallas-Ft. Worth and the larger aircraft that was added to support the service, along with Allegiant’s low-cost, nonstop flights to Orlando and Destin, Hahn said travelers are simply choosing to take advantage of EVV’s worldwide connectivity and convenience.
“You can easily start here and go anywhere in the world. We have nonstop service to the five top-rated hubs – Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit on the three legacy airlines – American Airlines, Delta and United, providing hundreds of easy one-stop destinations that connect EVV passengers to the world and the world to Evansville,” said Hahn. “And with the addition of Allegiant, EVV offers leisure travelers nonstop flights to our region’s favorite Florida vacation destinations.”
This all comes during a time when EVV has also worked to enhance the customer experience through a terminal modernization project, which was completed Dec. of last year. The renovation includes many improvements, such as centralized screening with a dedicated TSA PreCheck lane and new post-security amenity rooms that include a pet relief area, nursing rooms for mothers, a kid’s area and a new business lounge. EVV’s new design also provided the airport restaurant and bar the opportunity to move post-security, while adding an innovative touch-screen ordering option for the non-traveling public in the new pre-security waiting area. There have been many other aesthetically pleasing and customer friendly enhancements and upgrades made to EVV’s terminal facilities and parking lot, including new floor coverings and furniture with built-in mobile device charging stations, new skylights, environmentally friendly elements to support the airport’s sustainability efforts and commitment to the earth, along with a new parking management system.
“It’s an exciting project, and one that is providing our passengers more amenities and an overall elevated travel experience,” said Hahn. “It also positions us very well for future growth during a very competitive time in our industry.”
Hahn said EVV remains focused on increasing the airport’s nonstop service to destinations across the country.
“We are working to retain and grow to as many nonstop destinations as possible,” said Hahn. “And one of the best ways for us to achieve that is for our regional neighbors to continue using their airport.”
About Evansville Regional Airport (EVV)
Evansville Regional Airport offers competitive-priced connectivity to hundreds of domestic and international destinations with frequent daily flights to five top-rated, major hub cities - Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit, as well as low-cost, nonstop flights to Destin and Orlando, Florida. Served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta and United, EVV is an easy and welcoming gateway to and from southwest Indiana, western Kentucky and southeast Illinois. EVV generates more than $945 million in economic benefits annually, per the Aviation Association of Indiana 2012 Economic Survey. For more information, www.flyevv.com, www.facebook.com/EVVairport and www.twitter.com/FlyEVV.