2010 Third Best Year in History


For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Airport Ends 2010 With Third Best Year in History

(Moline/Quad Cities)   Director of Aviation, Bruce Carter, announced today at the Metropolitan Airport Authority monthly Board Meeting, that 2010 was the third best year in history for passenger traffic. Total enplanements were 481,008, just seven passengers shy of being the second-best year in history. 2008 remains the second best year with 481,015 enplaned and 2007 still holds the record for the best year. “We are extremely pleased to have last year’s enplanements exceed 480,000 passengers,” stated Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation.  “I am very happy with the outcome for 2010.  We ended the year with 4% more passengers than 2009.”  Carter added, “Although AirTran ceased service to Atlanta on November 30th of last year, their nonstop service to Orlando four days a week continues to be very popular.  We are looking forward to AirTran’s Ft. Myers flights starting on February 17th,  also with service four days a week.”  Carter pointed out that the Quad Cities remains a viable market for additional carriers and service. Allegiant Air launched two new nonstop flights to Las Vegas and Phoenix- Mesa in 2010 and recently announced a third, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, starting February 18th with two weekly flights.  American Eagle will add a fourth daily flight to Chicago O’Hare in April, increasing access to and through the Chicago hub. “As we enter 2011 we will continue to work with our existing carriers for additional service to their hubs and explore all opportunities available to us,” Carter added.

The Quad City International Airport offers nonstop service by five airlines to (soon) twelve U.S. cities, with hundreds of connections beyond.  The QCIA strives to make travel an ‘easier’ experience.