Cedar Rapids/Iowa City – The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) set a passenger record in 2017 with 1.14 million people choosing to fly CID.

The previous record was set in 2014, when the total number of passengers was 1.13 million. This marks the eighth time in CID’s history to have more than 1 million passengers fly in and out of the airport.

Airport Director Marty Lenss says the passenger record coincides with the increase in seats in the market. “Our airline partners invested in the CID market by adding service and capacity, and travelers responded by choosing to fly CID.”

American Airlines added two-daily nonstop flights to Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Douglas International Airport – CLT) and United and Delta upgraded various flights to larger aircraft. Frontier Airlines offered nonstop service to Las Vegas and introduced nonstop service to Orlando International.

Lenss says national competition between communities for sustainable, reliable and convenient air service has never been more intense.

“When an airline invests in a community and adds service and/or seats it’s vital the region supports the enhanced investment and demonstrate to the airlines the strength our market,” he says.

The airport recently began a Fly Local campaign, asking regional employers, local governmental entities and business leaders to implement air service travel policies and guidelines promoting the use of air service through CID.

To date, 20 businesses have signed the Fly Local policy.

For more information on the Fly Local policy, go to Fly Local.

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