Record Passenger Growth Continues at FYI

Passenger traffic at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FYI) continues to be on the upswing despite a slowing economy, high fuel prices, and airline bankruptcies. In February, a total of 93,529 passengers traveled through FYI reflecting a 9.19% increase over February 2007. March passenger traffic exceeded the previous year with 107,429 passengers, a significant 9.29% increase over March 2007. These increases are in sharp contrast to the national trend according to the Air Transport Association (ATA) who reports that national commercial passenger traffic for February rose 2.2% over February 2007, while March passenger traffic fell 2.1% compared to March 2007.

As airlines contemplate aircraft fleet cuts to adjust to higher fuel prices, FYI based air carriers continue to meet the regional demand for air service by sustaining seat capacity and flight frequencies. Within the recent months, Mexicana increased its flight frequencies from 5 flights per week to 7 flights per week in March; while ExpressJet added a third daily flight to San Diego at the beginning of April. Additionally, other FYI based airlines continue to provide the much needed seat capacity to popular, non-stop destinations and connections.

Although pleased with its passenger traffic growth, the FYI management staff are continuing their efforts to recruit new airlines and expanded air service for the Central Valley region.

For additional information contact Airports PIO, Vikkie Calderon (559) 621-4522.