Colorado Springs Airport traffic continues to rise

Colorado Springs Airport (COS) traffic continued to outperform 2019 numbers in the month of November. A total of 178,643 total passengers traveled through COS in November, of which 89,829 were enplanements. Both total passengers and enplanements rose 25.7 percent in comparison to November 2019.

Other significant increases for the month were the number of available seats in the market. With Southwest Airlines beginning service in March 2021 and other carriers increasing service or using larger aircraft, COS has seen a steady growth in seats. Seats in November were 31.7 percent higher when compared to the same period in 2019 and over 30 percent increase in seats year-to-date.

With this increase in seats, November saw a 78.7 percent load factor, which is just 3.7 percent lower than November of 2019. Seats during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period increased by 26 percent in comparison to that same travel period in 2019. Passenger numbers are projected to be roughly 20 percent higher than 2019 levels across the Christmas to New Year's holiday travel period due to a 30 percent increase in seats.

COS has also launched its popular holiday parking promotion, offering $4.00 daily long-term parking from December 20, 2021 to January 3, 2022. Passengers are advised to use a manned booth when exiting outside of the promotional period.

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An increase in traffic is expected over the holidays, so travelers are reminded to arrive at the TSA checkpoint at least 90 minutes prior to their flight's departure. Additionally, the federal mask mandate is still in effect and has been extended to March 18, 2022. Masks are required inside all areas of the airport and on all aircraft.

Looking Ahead:

All five carriers at COS value customers' health and safety. Please visit each carrier's website for further information:
Nonstop routes:

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American Airlines
  • Nonstop to Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW)
  • Nonstop to Chicago (ORD) – seasonal service

Delta Air Lines
  • Nonstop to Salt Lake City (SLC)

Frontier Airlines
  • Nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Nonstop to Orlando (MCO) - seasonal service; November 5 – April 26
  • Nonstop to Phoenix (PHX)

Southwest Airlines
  • Nonstop to Denver (DEN) - easy connections coast-to-coast
  • Nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Nonstop to Phoenix (PHX)
  • Nonstop to Dallas (Love Field – DAL)
  • Nonstop to Chicago (Midway- MDW)
  • Nonstop to Houston (Hobby - HOU) – seasonal service; select November through January dates
  • Nonstop to San Antonio (SAT) – seasonal service; select November through January dates

United Airlines
  • Nonstop to Chicago (ORD)
  • Nonstop to Denver (DEN) - easy connections worldwide
  • Nonstop to Houston (IAH)
  • Nonstop to Los Angeles (LAX)

Colorado Springs Airport's small size means small commutes, small lines, and small waits. It means friendliness, safety, and comfort. It also means big options on daily nonstop flights and hundreds of connections worldwide. For more information visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.­

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