According to officials, 2018 was a record year at Pangborn Airport in terms of commercial airline passenger boardings with total a passenger volume of 127,563.
Due to passenger growth in 2017, Alaska Air added additional flights during the summer and holidays in 2018. Chelan County Port officials say another major factor in the record passenger numbers was a significant reduction in cancellations in 2018. The percentage of cancelled flights fell from 5.9% in 2017 to 2.7% in 2018.
“Alaska continues to be a strong partner, adding more flights at busy travel times supporting local residents and businesses”, said Chelan County Port Commission President JC Baldwin.
Officials add that progress is also being made in efforts to secure additional service to San Francisco.
“As our community seeks more air service, they continued to use the expanded
Seattle service, which is the best way to get more flights to more destinations in
the future”, said Douglas County Port Commission President Jim Huffman.
The Airport has held meetings with several interested airlines, including Alaska Air, United and Skywest with the goal of obtaining new service by mid-2020. This past summer the Airport was awarded a $750,000 Federal grant to secure non-stop regional jet service between Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay Area. This grant was matched by over $400,000 in local pledges.
The Airport is jointly owned by the Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties