A record num­ber of pas­sen­gers are trav­el­ing through SLO Air­port, thanks to new flights

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MON­ICA VAUGHAN

With new flights, big­ger planes and a larger ter­mi­nal, it’s un­de­ni­able the San Luis Obispo air­port is grow­ing.

The San Luis Obispo County Re­gional Air­port had its busiest first cal­en­dar quar­ter in its his­tory in 2019, with 113,320 ticket-hold­ing pas­sen­gers fly­ing in and out over a three-month pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the air­port. That’s a 15-per­cent in­crease from in 2019, and dou­ble the pas­sen­ger county from five years ago.

That should be good news to peo­ple like Visit SLO CAL pres­i­dent Chuck Davi­son, who has de­scribed the air­port as key to the county’s eco­nomic fu­ture as new flights pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for busi­ness and tourism.

It’s not such good news for San Luis Obispo city res­i­dents who com­plain about the noise of early morn­ing air traf­fic.

The San Luis Obispo air­port still hasn’t reached the pop­u­lar­ity of the Santa Bar­bara Mu­nic­i­pal Air­port, whish sees more than 750,000 pas­sen­gers a year, ac­cord­ing to Santa Bar­bara County.

Other air­ports have looked to down­size in re­cent years, including Pitts­burgh and Mem­phis. Mean­while, San Luis Obispo County’s di­rec­tor of air­ports, Kevin Bu­men, said he ex­pects the lo­cal air­port to con­tinue to grow.

He’s also hinted at the possibility of even more flight desti

na­tions. The air­port re­cently added flights to Dal­las, a hub that con­nects San Luis Obispo to dozens of other des­ti­na­tions.

“Our strong pas­sen­ger growth is ex­cit­ing, con­sis­tent and sus­tain­able,” Bu­men said. “We’re thrilled that our neigh­bors keep choos­ing to fly out of their home­town air­port, and we will con­tinue to pro­vide them with the ameni­ties and flights that keep them com­ing back.”

To view air­port sta­tis­tics, visit www.sloair­port. com/air­port-sta­tis­tics.

JOE JOHN­STON jjohn­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Lau­rie and Rodney Lu­cas from Ohio en­ter the San Luis Obispo County Re­gional Air­port’s new ter­mi­nal on its first day in Novem­ber 2017.

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