The Eastern Iowa Airport reports more passenger traffic than ever before

Cedar Rapids, IA, 2014-8-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Thank you eastern Iowa! Since December 2013, The Eastern Iowa Airport has broken its all-time record passenger numbers month after month. July 2014 numbers came in and for the 8th straight month there has been more passenger traffic than ever before.

2014Passenger Record PreviousRecord year Previouspassenger record
July 2014 103,712 2007 95,105
June 2014 101,627 2007 99,494
May 2014 97,780 2007 92,755
April 2014 90,728 2013 85,676
March 2014 109,653 2013 99,664
February 2014 82,830 2013 79,359
January 2014 83,664 2007 81,690
December 2015 89,869 2002 87,552

“This record growth is a testament to the local economy in eastern Iowa,” Said Tim Bradshaw, Airport Director. “We are thankful for the continued and growing support from the citizens of eastern Iowa who trust us with their travel and will continue to work diligently to bring the best possible service to our passengers.”

The continued growth is driving renovations and upgrades to the 27 year old terminal. To alleviate some short term constraints, the airport will be adding a passenger boarding bridge to the B gates, currently ground boarding only.  In 2016, the plans are in place to build a second concourse at the B Gates that will add two additional passenger boarding bridges, expand the hold rooms in the C concourse, and expand the security check point.

In June of this year, the terminal modernization project started with the addition of a new canopy to the front of the building, renovated lobby, ticketing area, and baggage claim, and energy efficient upgrades to improve the use, function, and carbon footprint of the terminal. They will also begin a 5 year parking lot and pavement improvement project.

“We are making the facility and infrastructure improvements necessary to handle the additional passengers as well as improve the experience of our customers,” Said Bradshaw. “We know that the combination of additional passenger traffic and construction can be confusing and are doing all we can to mitigate those frustrations. We appreciate the patience of our guests as we make these much needed improvements and know the results will be worth the effort.”