GEG sets passenger, cargo records in 2017

GEG sets passenger, cargo records in 2017

Spokane International Airport has announced record totals for passengers and air cargo in 2017.

Over 3 million passengers traveled through the GEG last year, and planes hauled over 72 thousand tons (over 144,000,000 lbs.) of cargo.

The total passenger count for the year is 3,550,912 people, up from 3,472,901, which was the previous record set in 2007.

For cargo, the 2017 total of 72,376.6 tons exceeded the record set in 2015 of 69,217.6 tons.

Chairwoman of the Spokane Airport Board, Nancy Vorheez, attributes the record setting number to the investment by American, Southwest, and United Airlines in new, nonstop services to several U.S. cities.

“The customer response to these additional flights is a strong indicator of market demand between the Spokane/CDA region and California, the Midwest, and South Central United States,” she said in a statement Tuesday. “We sincerely appreciate the investment made by our airline partners in opening up more efficient nonstop service to cities that are important to our business and leisure activity markets.”

Vorheez added that the airport expects to have a new nonstop Southwest Airlines service to San Jose starting April 8th, and the return of Frontier Airlines with service to Denver beginning April 30th.