The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) has recorded its fourth consecutive record-breaking month for passenger totals with the release of its May passenger numbers.
The total number of passengers in May was 102,164, breaking the previous record set in May 2014 by 4.5 percent (total number in May 2014 was 97,780).
The year-to-date increase for enplaned passengers – those who board a plane at CID – is up 4.6 percent over the same time in 2017.
CID recorded an annual passenger record in 2017 with 1.14 million total passengers.
Airport Director Marty Lenss says this will be a busy summer travel season.
“Nationally, air service demand is expected to increase 3-4 percent,” he says. “We anticipate that CID will have a very busy summer.”
Frontier Airlines has seen a large increase in enplanements with a fourth weekly flight to Denver, Lenss says.
“Overall, CID has a tremendous mix of service from ultra-low cost carriers – Frontier and Allegiant – as well as the legacy airlines – American, Delta and United,” he says. “With flights to 14 non-stop destinations, both leisure and business travelers have many options to get to hundreds of cities.”
With summer season in full swing, airport officials recommend travelers arrive 90 minutes prior to their flight departure time.
“We recognize CID is a smaller airport and is much easier to get in and out of, but each airline has its own rules as far as times you must check in and be at the gate and we don’t want people to miss their flight,” says Pam Hinman, CID director of marketing and communications.
And for those who have not signed up for TSA PreCheck, which streamlines the security checkpoint process, Hinman says now is the time to consider enrolling.
“Those who have TSA PreCheck can go through security and you don’t have to remove your shoes, laptop, liquids or belts,” she says. “It is very easy to enroll by going to tsa.gov/precheck.”