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Concord-Padgett Regional Airport sets passenger record in 2018

Feb 04, 2019 03:11PM ● By Jason Huddle

Passengers boarding commercial airline flights at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport set a new record in 2018 with 145,510 passenger enplanements, up 21 percent over the previous year.

All enplanements came from 990 Allegiant departures in 2018, averaging 19 commercial flights per week at the airport with an average load factor, how full the planes were on a monthly basis, of 85 percent. Including the addition of Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Allegiant provides service to six destinations from Concord-Padgett Regional Airport.

“We work hard with our airline and regulatory partners to provide a safe, convenient, affordable, and efficient passenger experience,” said Concord Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest. “Our success has resulted in increased service frequency and has the potential to bring more destinations in the future.”

The published Allegiant schedule runs through mid-August and show daily flights this summer to Orlando/Sanford, Tampa/St.Pete and Ft. Lauderdale, an increase service frequency in Concord.

The runway at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport was strengthened in 2018 to handle the increased operations by large airline aircraft. Plans are underway to strengthen airport taxiways in 2019.

Concord-Padgett Regional Airport opened in 1994 with a general aviation terminal and a 5,500-foot runway, and has grown to be one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas. Over the last 25 years, improvements included extending the runway to 7,400 feet and multiple strengthening projects, development of private sector investment in and around the airport, and construction of a commercial service terminal and parking deck. The airport’s strong general aviation focus has been enhanced by the availability of Allegiant Air’s low-cost scheduled passenger service to six destinations.

The airport is operated by over 40 City of Concord Aviation Department coworkers who provide aircraft fueling, hangaring, tie-down, parking, and customer services. Other aeronautical services such as aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, and flight instruction are offered through private operators leasing space on-site. CRA also has an on-site, staffed fire station operated by the Concord Fire Department and a control tower operated by contracted staff. The annual budget for the airport currently exceeds $10.8 million.

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