The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) broke its monthly passenger records for October and November, putting the airport on pace to break its annual passenger record set in 2017.
The total number of passengers in October was 109,096; breaking the previous record set in October 2017 by 6.5 percent (total number in October 2017 was 102,447).
The total number of passengers in November was 101,119; breaking the previous record set in November 2017 by 4.25 percent (total number in November 2017 was 96,997).
The year-to-date increase for enplaned passengers – those who board a plane at CID – is up 5.3 percent over the same time in 2017. January is the only month in 2018 that was not a monthly passenger record.
CID recorded an annual passenger record in 2017 with 1.14 million total passengers. Nearly 30 percent of Iowa’s commercial passenger traffic flies out of CID.
The airport will benefit from additional charter traffic in December with Hawkeye fans attending the Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL. Airport officials have been notified of two public charters, one departing Dec. 29 and one departing Dec. 30.
Cargo traffic has also increased in the past two months, up by 20.3 percent year-over-year. Based on current trends, by the end of 2018 CID will handle 50 percent of the state’s cargo traffic.