Colorado Springs, CO – The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) closed out the summer with an increase in enplanements and seats, exceeding 2019 volumes. In the month of August 2021, 96,286 passengers were enplaned, representing a 23.8 percent increase from August 2019. Total passengers increased by 23.1 percent from 2019 with 192,484 passengers who traveled through the terminal this month.
Increased capacity contributed to 132,231 seats in the market – a 38.5 percent increase from August 2019. The increase is attributed to the addition of Southwest Airlines’ five nonstop markets in March of this year and other carriers’ growth, including using larger aircraft. The latest route added to the COS nonstop schedule is Orlando (MCO) with Frontier Airlines. The service will begin November 5,2021 and is available for booking now.
The average loadfactor for all five carriers was 72.8 percent, just under nine percent down from August 2019. Loadfactors are affected by seats in the market, as well as thru passengers. When considering thru passengers, COS saw an average 74.9 percent loadfactor.
With the increase in traffic, travelers are reminded to arrive 90 minutes prior to their flight departing and that the Federal mask mandate is still in effect and has been extended to January 18, 2022. Masks are required inside all areas of the airport and on all aircraft.