HIA Sets New Passenger Traffic Record

First six months of 2019 were the busiest in airport history

Contact: Scott Miller
(717) 948-3900 ext. 4620

(Middletown, PA – June 26, 2019) – More flights to more destinations should mean more passengers choosing Harrisburg International Airport.  So far in 2019, it has. A record 721,427 passengers flew into and out of Central PA via Harrisburg International Airport between January and June, breaking the previous record of 709,047 set in 1998.   

“We are grateful to our airline partners for the increasing flight options they’ve brought to Harrisburg International Airport over the past year,” said Timothy J. Edwards, SARAA Executive Director. “They’ve added flights to five new nonstop destinations — Sarasota, Nashville, Denver, Orlando International and Dallas — and increased flights to Orlando Sanford, Charlotte, Chicago and Detroit.  Most importantly, the region has responded by choosing the convenience of HIA versus driving hours each way to a faraway airport.” 

Year (Jan – June) Total Passengers vs. 2019
2019 721,427  
1998 709,047 1.7 %
1997 708,440 1.8 %
1999 703,744 2.5 %
2005 703,554 2.5 %

Edwards said another advantage of expanded air service are lower fares.  The estimated average one-way fare to all destinations flown from HIA between January and May 2019 declined 6.8 percent compared to the same time period last year.  The average fare (before taxes and fees) was $234 in 2019 vs $251 in 2018. 

Year-to-date HIA passenger traffic is up 17.6 percent vs. the same time period last year.

American, Allegiant and Frontier Generating the Most Growth

To date in 2019, American Airlines has served 36,432 more passengers than in 2018—the largest increase of all airlines serving the airport.  New daily service to Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), combined with more flights to Charlotte (CLT) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD), are driving the growth.

Frontier Airlines ranks second on the list servicing 32,323 new passengers at HIA.  The airline resumed HIA service in July 2018 with nonstop flights to Orlando International (MCO) and seasonal service to Denver (DEN).

Allegiant ranked third for new passenger growth serving 29,951 more people this year vs last year due to increased flights to Orlando Sanford, Punta Gorda and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, and new twice weekly flights to Sarasota and Nashville. 

Airline 2019 % Change vs. 2018 Net New Passengers
American 294,273 14.1 36,432
Delta 160,374 5.3 8,109
United 121,086 7.9 8,843
Allegiant 111,367 36.8 29,951
Frontier 32,323 100.0 32,323
Charters/Others 2,004 (87.8) (16,248)
Total 721,427 17.6 108,106

Air Cargo Also Shows Growth

SARAA also reported 2019 year-to-date air cargo flown into and out of the reign via HIA is up 5 percent vs. 2018 and is within 1 percent of the record levels flown back in 2000. 

Edwards said “the manufacturing, distribution, e-commerce and health care industries are generating near record demand for FedEx and UPS at HIA.  With a strong, healthy and diverse regional economy, our cargo airline partners have been growing a lot lately as well.”

The next SARAA Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 28th, 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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