Jan 21, 2011 3:25 PM by Press Release
Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Paul A. Guilbeau reports that 2010 was the best year on record in terms of the number of passengers traveling through Lafayette Regional Airport. The three airlines serving Lafayette report that a total of 449,140 passengers flew to and from Lafayette last year, surpassing the record of 440,462 passengers set in 2007.
December was the latest in a number of months in 2010 that posted some of the best numbers on record. Last month, a record 18,413 passengers boarded planes at the airport and another 17,848 passengers deplaned, which was the second highest number on record for the month of December.
"I am pleased to announce this milestone year for Lafayette Regional Airport," says Guilbeau. "The fact that we had a record-setting year is a tribute to the dedication of the airlines, airport staff and most importantly, the travelers of Acadiana who show such great support for their local airport. We try to stress that people should always consider flying Lafayette first and this past year they did so like never before. As a commission, we've made changes and improvements the past few years to try and make the parking lot to gate experience as enjoyable as possible for passengers. Having great support from the travelers of Acadiana will allow us to continue to improve that experience."
Load factors, the number of passengers flying on an airline compared to the number of seats available, continued to be higher than average in December for all three carriers. Leading the way was Continental Express with 90.7 percent of seats filled, followed by Delta Connection/Atlanta with 89.1 percent, American Eagle with 79.8 percent and Delta Connection/Memphis with 77.4 percent.
Cargo numbers for December, and for the year overall, remained high. Enplaned cargo totaled 1,008,273 pounds and deplaned cargo totaled 1,276,674 pounds. For the year, cargo enplaned totaled 10,863,792 pounds and deplaned cargo totaled 14,073,073 pounds.
Lafayette Regional Airport offers multiple daily nonstop flights to Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Memphis.