Starting 2019 on a high, Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) has revealed that it set an all-time record for passenger traffic in 2018, with 476,396 travellers travelling through the North Central Florida hub.
Marking a 6.5% increase over 2017’s record-breaking 445,247 passengers, the airport’s record-breaking passenger numbers in 2018 continue to outpace both area population growth rate and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasts.
Describing 2018’s data as “good news for our airport, our region, and our passengers,” Allan Penksa, COE, Gainesville Alachua County Regional Airport Authority (GACRAA) also offered that this growth in passenger traffic “just proves that GNV is becoming the convenient choice of more travellers from our region, and we are very grateful for their loyalty to our local airport.”
Referencing American Airlines’ announcement of domestic and international route expansion, including a daily nonstop service between Gainesville and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Penksa added: “The expanded service creates new synergies with the Dallas Fort Worth area; provides convenient connections out west and beyond, and creates so many unique travel opportunities all over the world,”
He also commented that: “We have a lot of great things happening at this airport, with our upcoming nonstop service to DFW and a two-gate terminal expansion that will greatly improve our passenger experience over the next two years.”