Range Regional Airport in Minnesota has celebrated its highest passenger count in a single month in 21 years with 1,788 boardings in July 2019.
The airport, which is served by Skywest Airlines (for Delta) and Sun Country Airlines, reported: “July 2019 was the highest passenger count in a single month in 21 years (July 1998)! 1,788 boardings were experience utilising the newly expanded parking lot.”
Enplanements at the airport are currently 9% higher over this time last year, and the airport has also experienced an average of 8% growth for each of the past five consecutive years.
Shaun J. Germolus, executive director, Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority, operator of Range Regional Airport, said the record passenger figures come after “a long campaign educating the region and working with the airlines to meet the needs of both airline and travellers.”
He attributes the growth to three factors; the construction of a new terminal in 2015, professional airline partners “providing reliable service and competitive rates” and “passengers recognising the cost benefits of flying local – saving time and money.”
“There has been tremendous regional support by travellers and businesses citing the convenience and cost savings which indicates the positive growth should continue,” he added.
The airport authority has invested approximately $50 million in airfield pavements, lighting and facility infrastructure. $20 million was invested in constructing a new airline terminal and parking lot to accommodate the passenger growth.
The terminal replaced a forty-year-old facility, doubling its capacity and enabling the airport to meet “the proper processing of passengers and luggage by the TSA and airlines,” the director explained.
Germolus concluded: “The CHAA is very pleased to see the growth knowing we have worked hard with our airline and regional partners to meet their needs. We strive to stay engaged providing excellent services and we are always looking for opportunities to grow.”