Summer traffic soars at 'Colorado's Small Airport'
Last updated 9/1/2021 at 9:31am | View PDF
As air travel this summer has steadily returned, the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) has continued to see increases in enplanements, as well as available seats in the market. In the month of July, 107,702 passengers were enplaned – a 30.4-percent increase from the same period two years ago (pre-pandemic). The airport reported 214,382 total passengers traveling through the terminal – a 29.8 percent increase from July 2019.
Available seats also increased significantly, up 40.7 percent from July 2019 to 136,316 seats. For the month, COS saw an average 79 percent load factor, down 6.2 percent from July 2019. The increase of seats is attributed to Southwest Airlines beginning service in March 2021, as well as the other carriers increasing capacity with more flights or larger aircraft.
Labor Day is expected to produce similar results with regard to enplanements, passengers, and seats in the market. With the increase in traffic, travelers are reminded to arrive 90 minutes prior to their flight departing and that the federal mask mandate is still in effect and has been extended to Jan. 18, 2022. Masks are required inside all areas of the airport and on all aircraft.
All five carriers at COS have specific information concerning travel guidelines. See their websites for details.
American Airlines -- https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/coronavirus-updates.jsp
Delta Air Lines -- https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-planning-center/travel-planning-overview
Frontier Airlines -- https://www.flyfrontier.com/committed-to-you/
Southwest Airlines -- https://www.southwest.com/airline-cleanliness-social-distance/
United Airlines -- https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/united-cleanplus.html
Airlines continue to evaluate air service demand and flight schedules.