The Charlotte County Airport Authority announced the total passenger count for the twelve months ending Oct. 31, 2017 is 1,347,741. The Punta Gorda Airport passenger count for October 2017 was 114,113. This is a 28.10 percent increase in passenger traffic for October 2017 compared with October 2016, when there were 89,084 passengers.
In October, there were 55,034 departing passengers and 59,079 arriving passengers, which was an increase over September, when there was a decrease of 19.29 percent due to Hurricane Irma. Before the hurricane, the Punta Gorda Airport increased in passenger traffic for 47 consecutive months. A total of 406 Allegiant Air flights landed at the Punta Gorda Airport in October 2017.
“Even with the hurricane impact, our calendar year passenger increase is 15.39 percent over 2016. Double-digit growth in airline passengers is uncommon across U.S. airports,” said Charlotte County Airport Authority Commissioner Robert Hancik.