Airlines See Strong Growth at Melbourne International Airport
By Space Coast Daily // April 23, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Commercial air travel is on the rise at Melbourne International Airport (MLB).
During the first quarter of 2015, the number of passengers using MLB increased considerably over 2014, led by strong growth for Delta and US Airways/American Airlines.
Both major airlines reported double-digit passenger increases during the first three months of 2015.
Delta posted a 28 percent year-over-year increase in passengers at MLB for January, with February and March enjoying single-digit increases.
The number of US Airways/American Airlines passengers jumped 25 percent in March, 2015. Overall, Delta has enjoyed a 14 percent increase during the first quarter of 2015, as the number of passengers increased from 42,671 in 2014 to 49,385 in 2015.
US Airways/American Airlines experienced an 11 percent increase during the start of this year, with 10,917 passengers using MLB compared to 9,696 one year ago.
“Savvy travelers, particularly business travelers that value their time and convenience, are choosing MLB,”stated MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan.
“Our airport is working hard building upon our exceptional customer services and terminal amenities.”
$1 BILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT ANNUALLY
Melbourne International Airport is located on the Atlantic coast of Central Florida and is credited with generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity for the Space Coast region.
Known as “America’s fastest growing Aviation/Aerospace Manufacturing Center,” a newly constructed 83,000 square-foot maintenance hangar designed to house the largest commercial aircraft is part of a growing airfield complex.
MLB boasts tenants such as aviation giants Harris Corp., Embraer, Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins.
It is the closest airport to Port Canaveral, Kennedy Space Center/NASA and the surfing capital of Cocoa Beach.
Currently served by Delta Airlines, USAirways/American Airlines, Baer Air and Elite Airways, the facility features three runways, a 200,000 square-foot terminal, a 40,000square-foot fully-outfitted customs facility.
For more information, visit MLBair.com.