Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV) saw a spike in travelers in 2018, with more people using the airport last year than the four previous years.
The total number of passengers that used SHV last year was 629,309 compared to 564,783 passengers in 2017, which is an increase of 64,526 travelers or 11 percent.
More people are choosing to fly from SHV, and the airlines have responded to that extra demand by flying larger planes to Shreveport. American Airlines upgraded its twice daily flights to Charlotte from 50-seat aircraft to 65-seat aircraft with First Class service. That adds an additional 11,000 seats annually. American is also flying 76-seat aircraft between Shreveport and Dallas on multiple flights each day. Delta Air Lines, along with United Airlines are also flying larger aircraft into Shreveport with First Class service.
“Demand for seats out of Shreveport has increased and the airlines have noticed. We need the residents of the Ark-La-Tex to continue to support their local airport and Fly Shreveport First. This will help us continue to gain larger aircraft and additional destinations,” said Mark Crawford, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Shreveport Airport Authority.
December marked the ninth consecutive month of increased passenger traffic, with
54,449 passengers in 2018, compared to 47,847 passengers in 2017, an increase of 16%. SHV hasn’t seen numbers this high in December in 12 years.