The largest number of travelers through Quad Cities airport since last March
Quad Cities International Airport recorded the highest number of passengers passing through its doors in March 2021 since March 2020.
Travel to the airport was aided by airline route restoration and additional spring break service to add about 12,000 passengers from the previous month.
While the number is down 46% from 2019, this is an improvement from the 56% to 60% drop that was the norm in recent months.
“All indications point to pent-up travel demand and we see evidence of that here,” said Benjamin Leischner, AAE, executive director. “The continued rollout of the vaccine and the easing of restrictions are contributing factors, inspiring confidence in people who are ready to travel again.”
The four airlines that serve Quad Cities International Airport, like all airlines, each take a unique approach to restoring service:
- American Airlines: Did not interrupt routes to Chicago O’Hare or Dallas-Fort Worth, only a decrease in frequency when traffic was light.
- Allegiant Air: Has gained stronger market share over the past year. Exclusively for March, adding two additional days of flights to Orlando-Sanford to the existing Thursday and Sunday schedule to meet the demand for spring break travel.
- Delta Airlines: Maintained non-stop service to Atlanta and suspended service to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit. Delta recently announced that it will begin selling mid-size seats on May 1.
- United Airlines: Service maintained in Chicago, but suspended service in Denver and reinstated on February 11. The company used reservations to gauge interest and determine when to restore service.
“Our recent announcement that we are embarking on a major terminal refurbishment will be an important tool in our toolkit as we continue discussions with airlines on catering and adding services,” said Leischner. “While we can’t buy new services or new airlines, we can work to make our airport and our region as attractive as possible.”
COVID-19 security measures are still in place at the airport. Face coverings are required in the terminal.