PUNTA GORDA (June 26, 2021) – Punta Gorda Airport is back in full swing. April was the first month Allegiant flights averaged 75% full and total passenger numbers are now aligning with 2019 numbers.
Commissioner Robert D. Hancik, A.A.E.
If you make a morning trip to the terminal building you might not even think there was a pandemic… well except for the masks. While mask requirements are being loosened you are still required to wear one while in the terminal probably at least for the next few months.
For passengers, you’ll see we have added an additional 1,000 paved parking spaces, no more parking in the grass during peak travel times, and color coding the long-term lots so you don’t lose your car! The old restaurant has been converted to the Snack Shack, south of the terminal, a public vending area with indoor and outdoor seating.
What else do passengers and airport users have to look forward to? We are expanding The Junction in the gate area with a 40-seat view of the runway, and a windowfront bar is planned to open within a year. Our new friends from Minneapolis will be able to enjoy it while waiting for their Sun Country flight.
Staff is working on a ground lease for a new gas station at the main entrance to incorporate a cell phone lot and a national fast-food chain for the board’s consideration.
We will also be reaching out to the community when the date for Runway 4-22’s closure is more certain as its rehabilitation will modify flight patterns for about a year.
While the world has changed a lot this last year, PGD continued to make progress with major capital improvements like the rehabilitation and extension of Runway 15-33 completed this past October. A point of interest is that runway numbers are determined by their position to magnetic North and dropping the last number. We are under construction on a new General/Corporate Aviation Complex off of Challenger Boulevard. This development on the North side of the airport, named PGD AviEx, will be a hub for corporate hangars, flight schools, a new restaurant, aircraft maintenance and other aviation services.