May/June Passenger Statistics

Discussing Great Lakes Aviation

May/June Passenger Statistics

May and June passenger statistics have continued the growth momentum from 2013, albeit slowed down a bit as expected.  May 2014 saw a total of 15,623 passengers thru TOL with 8,403 on Allegiant and 7,060 on American Airlines operated by Envoy.  This was a 2.2% increase over May 2013.

June’s passenger growth was somewhat stymied with a large amount of cancellations by American Airlines operated by Envoy.  Yet, the airport did squeeze out another increase of 3.8% over June of 2013.  Allegiant Air handled 8,590 passengers and American Airlines operated by Envoy handled 6,350.  Total passengers on/of commercial airlines at TOL was 15,401.

Through the first six months of 2014, Passenger traffic is up 11.2% over the same period in 2013.  So far, in 2014, we are still ahead of 2010 by 1,332 passengers.  We have seen steady growth since the low point in 2011.

Current statistics look like:

Allegiant Air
Month Available Seats Enplanements Load Factor Deplanements Load Factor Total Passengers
January                4,663              3,928 84%              3,701 79%                        7,629
February                4,227              3,976 94%              3,771 89%                        7,747
March                6,974              6,495 93%              6,206 89%                      12,701
April                7,300              6,069 83%              6,675 91%                      12,744
May                4,580              4,111 90%              4,319 94%                        8,430
June                4,581              4,286 94%              4,304 94%                        8,590
American
Month Available Seats Enplanements Load Factor Deplanements Load Factor Total Passengers
January                3,466              2,841 82%              2,918 84%                        5,759
February                3,730              3,148 84%              3,061 82%                        6,209
March                4,020              3,263 81%              3,387 84%                        6,650
April                4,008              3,284 82%              3,378 84%                        6,662
May                3,958              3,565 90%              3,495 88%                        7,060
June                3,750              3,183 85%              3,167 84%                        6,350
All Airlines
Month Available Seats Enplanements Load Factor Deplanements Load Factor Total Passengers
January                8,205              6,845 83%              6,695 82%                      13,540
February                8,085              7,252 90%              6,960 86%                      14,212
March              11,055              9,819 89%              9,593 87%                      19,412
April              11,309              9,353 83%            10,114 89%                      19,467
May                8,671              7,809 90%              7,814 90%                      15,623
June                8,495              7,633 90%              7,768 91%                      15,401

These numbers look good, but without any additions of service, we will start to lose our momentum by the end of the year.  It does appear Allegiant has added some extra flights during the higher demand season around the holidays, there isn’t anything else changing for now.  Added service by American is still up for debate as they have seen some weakness in ancillary revenues in the market.

So where do we go from here?  Not really anywhere.  Even though the airport has been running almost a 90% (on average) load factor for the entire year, no airlines are really looking to TOL.  The best option would most likely get an upstart like PeoplExpress or go after a Sun Country to run a couple of weekly flights to Miami or Las Vegas, or team up with an Apple Vacations to bring flights to warm and sunny destinations.  Unfortunately for the Port Authority, that would mean more hard work than it’s worth to them.  So, we will continually sit in our “this is as good as it gets” conundrum and wait for something to come to us.

 

-Ryan