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QC Airport has busiest month since 2019

June 20, 2024

Quad Cities International Airport recorded significant passenger growth in May, surpassing 59,000 passengers as the region continues its recovery from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport’s resilience in the face of nationwide airline network changes and ongoing pilot shortages has been underscored by these encouraging figures.

Leading the charge in year-over-year gains was American Airlines, which more than doubled its passenger numbers compared to May 2023, demonstrating robust demand and confidence in the region. American Airlines added a third daily departure to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) for the month of July, with plans to resume it in October after the traditionally slower months of August and September. This is in addition to demand for Charlotte slightly surpassing DFW for the first time since launching in December 2020.

Ashleigh Davis, public relations and marketing manager for the airport, emphasized the pivotal role of local support in sustaining this momentum: “Local support is key to continued growth. Airlines look for consistent passenger demand when expanding their services. It’s a collective effort for our region to choose Quad Cities International Airport whenever possible for their travel needs.”

The aviation landscape has evolved significantly post-pandemic, with lasting changes in travel behavior influenced by remote work flexibility and the blending of business and leisure trips. This shift has redefined traditional metrics of airline recovery, making current activity levels crucial in signaling future demand.

“We are optimistic about the upward trend in activity, which reinforces our message to airline planners that Quad Cities is primed for expanded flight options,” added Davis.

The Quad Cities International Airport remains committed to adapting to the evolving needs of travelers and airlines alike, positioning itself as a vital hub for regional and national air travel.

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