Airport Passenger Traffic Climbs in 2016

Post Date:02/07/2017 9:50 AM

Airport Passenger Traffic Climbs in 2016
February 6, 2017

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Annual airline passenger numbers are in for 2016. Total airline passengers arriving and departing the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport increased 9% for 2016 when compared to the same time period in 2015. This increase is even more impressive with a 6% reduction in the number of scheduled flights. The airport’s United Express carrier also reported a 97% completion factor with only 3% of flights cancelled.

“Now more than ever, passengers are experiencing better airfares and destination opportunities with United Airlines. With the reliability United demonstrated in 2016, travelers can have confidence that flying locally is one of the best ways to begin their trip,” states Airport Director, Charity Zich. “We continue to encourage the public to check airfare from the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport first and compare it with the true cost of flying from another airport.”

The Airport recently unveiled a new cost calculator tool that allows passengers to measure the true cost of travel including the additional expenses of driving and parking. The cost calculator tool is available on the
airport website at

About the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport – The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport is an FAA certified commercial service airport located in Eau Claire, WI. The airport is owned by Eau Claire County and operated by Eau Claire and Chippewa counties.

Businesses at the airport offer commercial service flights, on-demand charter flights, emergency medical transportation, flight instruction, sightseeing tours, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, car rentals, and a full service restaurant.

An economic impact study conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation indicates that the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport provided over $72.1 million in economic output, supported 458 jobs and contributed $15.3 million in wage income to the local and state economy in 2014.

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