Punta Gorda, FL (Aug. 10, 2018) – In the first seven months of 2018, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has already surpassed the one million-passenger threshold. 2018’s one millionth passenger, as well as the six millionth passenger since commercial service commenced in 2007, travelled through PGD in July.

“This is another milestone for PGD, and it demonstrates the success of our low-cost airport model, said PGD’s CEO James W. Parish. “As an airport we strive for continued improvements in customer service, logistics and efficiencies – all while keeping costs low so Allegiant can pass savings down to their customers.”

Today PGD is Allegiant’s fourth biggest operation with six to nine Airbus A320s stationed on site, varying seasonally. PGD officials predict the 2018 passenger count will total nearly 1.5 million by the end of December.

In July there were 73,721 departing passengers and 71,705 arriving passengers, totaling 145,426.  This is a 24.51% increase in passenger traffic for July 2018 compared with July 2017, when there were 116,799 passengers.

PGD officials are encouraged by the consistent commercial airline traffic, as well as the continued growth of the general aviation community, flight schools and business development on site.

“Our mission is to serve the community and business through aviation, and I’m proud that we’re doing just that,” said CCAA Board of Commissioners Chair James W. Herston. “Beyond commercial air service, we’re home to 400 general aviation aircraft, flight schools and dozens of aviation and non-aviation businesses.”

PGD’s Master Plan Update, economic studies and historical passenger data can be accessed through the “Statistics & Studies” page.

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