PUNTA GORDA — With 192,947 total Allegiant Air passengers, March was the busiest month in the history of the Punta Gorda Airport, according to a statement.
Officials with the Charlotte County Airport Authority, which oversees the airport, say there were 94,795 boarding passengers and 98,152 arriving passengers in March. The tally for the month rose 36.1% over March 2017, when there were 141,802 total passengers. March 2017was the previous record for busiest month, the release states.
PGD has also experienced a strong increase in general aviation traffic, with its tower reporting a total of 8,282 takeoffs and landings in March.
“We’re very pleased about the record commercial airline traffic at PGD and its positive impact on our tourism economy, but we’re also encouraged by the continued growth of the general aviation community,” says Paul Andrews, with the Charlotte County Airport Authority, in the statement. “These numbers confirm PGD’s position as a home for aviation tenants, aspiring pilots and air charters – and as a growing destination for corporate jets, recreational pilots and Allegiant customers.”
The total number of passengers traveling through PGD via Allegiant in January, February and March 2018 was 455,924 compared with 356,856 during the first quarter of 2017, airport officials say. That’s a 27.76% average quarterly increase..