Toledo Express Airport reports 26% increase in May passenger trafficWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Express Airport (TOL) experienced a 26.47 percent increase in passenger traffic in May 2013 compared to May 2012, according to figures released June 27 by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
A total of 15,280 passengers traveled through TOL in May for the third consecutive month of increased traffic. More than half of that total, 8,051, traveled on Allegiant, which experienced a 66-percent increase in May.
“More and more travelers are seeing the benefits of flying from Toledo Express,” said Paul Toth, president and CEO for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “Community support from the region is crucial for the continued success of the airport.”
The rise in traffic can be partly attributed to increased capacity at the airport and flight options to popular vacation destinations. Competitive prices, hub connectivity and an improving economy have also contributed to this increase, according to the Port Authority.
Airport revenues in May were $1,532,700, which was more than the budgeted amount by $189,000 due primarily to the increased traffic. Airport expenses of $1,777,500 were less than the budget by $80,000 due mainly to lower maintenance and operations expenses reported by the Port Authority.
TOL provides a crowd-free and easy alternative to larger, less convenient hub-airports, according to Toth.
More flight options paired with an easy-to-use airport and rewards for traveling through the airport are giving travelers more reasons to check TOL first when booking air travel in Northwest Ohio, he said.
Toledo Express offers nonstop service to Chicago (ORD) via American Eagle, and nonstop service to Orlando/Sanford Airport (SFB), Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) and St. Pete/Clearwater Airport (PIE) via Allegiant.
Parking is available within 50 feet of the terminal and daily parking rates at TOL are $8 per day compared with more than $20 a day at other airports.
In January, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority also announced that the Toledo Express Airport has partnered with Republic Parking, TEA Services and the Thanks Again® Network to offer TOL customers valuable rewards when they park, shop or dine at TOL.
For more information, go to www.toledoexpress.com.
At its June 27 meeting, the board of directors approved authorizing a contract with Lake Erie Electric for an amount not to exceed $197,486 for an exterior lighting retrofit project at TOL. The project includes retrofitting most of the existing lighting fixtures and replacement of others for the exterior parking lot, canopy and soffit lighting at TOL.
Lake Erie Electric is based in Cleveland and operates offices in Bowling Green (listed as Toledo office), Defiance, Sandusky and other cities in Ohio and Michigan.
The board also approved authorizing a grant agreement with Zepf Center of Toledo in the amount of $35,000 for predevelopment costs associated with renovation of an existing structure. The building will
be used to provide behavioral and physical health care services to underserved children with mental health challenges, according to the Port Authority.
It is projected that the renovated building will allow Zepf Center to expand its workforce by creating 25 new permanent jobs and providing seven neighborhood workers temporary construction jobs for clean-up and demolition.
The board also approved recommendations to expand the scope of the Green Community Program to include public and private projects through the program established in December 2011. The program can maximize current and potential future flexibility in the financing of energy efficiencies and alternatives for those projects.