April 2019: Busiest Ever at HIA

Year-to-date traffic up 15.8 percent

(Middletown, PA – June 3, 2019) – The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) reported a total of 128,830 passengers used Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) during April 2019 making it the busiest April in airport history.  Traffic was up 18.3 % vs April 2018 and up 6.9 % over the previous April record of 120,057 set in April 1997.

January to April 2019 traffic is up 15.8 % over the same period in 2018.

“The combination of expanded service on American and Allegiant, fuller planes on Delta and United, plus new service on Frontier has allowed more people the opportunity to choose the convenience of HIA vs. airports located hours away,” said Timothy J. Edwards, SARAA executive director.  “The region is certainly responding to our airline partners increased levels of service and we are excited to welcome thousands of new passengers through the upcoming summer travel season.  At this pace, 2019 should be the busiest year for passenger traffic since 1999.” 

Airlne April 2019 April 2018 % Change
American 49,833 44,753 11.4
Delta 29,872 27,269 9.5
United 22,856 20,439 11.8
Allegiant 22,203 15,246 45.6
Frontier 4,066 0 100.0
Charters/others 0 1,217 (100.0)
Total 128,830 108,924 15.8

Two new routes begin June 6th and 7th

Non-stop destinations #15 and #16 begin within two weeks from HIA as Allegiant begins twice-weekly nonstop flights to Nashville on June 6th and American begins daily nonstop flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth on June 7th.  

“With flights on Thursdays and Sundays, the Nashville schedule is perfect for either a weekend or early week get-a-way.  Nashville is a cool, fun place to go and get away,” said Edwards.  “The new daily nonstop service to Dallas/Ft. Worth on American begins on Friday, June 7th.  DFW is AA’s largest hub and provides easy connections to cities throughout Texas, the southwestern U.S. and the West Coast. International connections to Mexico, Latin America, Asia and Australia are available as well. 

The new flights to Nashville and Dallas/Ft. Worth are expected to increase HIA traffic by about 35,000 passengers over the remainder of 2019.

The next SARAA Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019, at 8:00 am, in the David C. McIntosh Boardroom, located on the third floor of the HIA terminal building.

About Harrisburg International Airport:
Five airlines serve Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) offering nearly 70 flights daily to 14 year-round and two seasonal non-stop destinations.  The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) owns HIA, Capital City Airport in New Cumberland and both Franklin County and Gettysburg Regional Airports.  Incorporated in 1997, SARAA is a multi-municipal authority whose mission is to serve the region by providing high quality, efficient airports and promoting regional economic development.  Combined these four facilities handle about 90,000 aircraft operations and generate a total economic output of more than $990 million annually.

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