ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - At least 10 new nonstop routes being offered by low-cost airlines could help boost numbers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Airlines such as Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines are bringing more options for travelers, The Detroit News reported (http://bit.ly/1qo40Z9 ). For the past four years, the airport in Romulus has seen about 32 million passengers annually and growth has been sluggish.
Al Glancy, chairman of the Wayne County Airport Authority Board, said the expansion of low-cost carriers doesn’t add much in terms of significant revenue for the airport but “they add value for customers who want to fly relatively short distances.”
“The more planes that take off and land, the more fees to the airport,” Glancy said. “The more traffic that we have, the better the airport is. I don’t have any magic ideas on how to grow traffic. … We are doing everything possible to get more flights.”
The airport said it has had success attracting JetBlue and Alaska Airlines. Delta Airlines, the airport’s largest carrier, also is adding service. The airport serves about 150 nonstop destinations, due largely because it is a Delta hub. About half of passengers are local travelers.
Spirit Airlines’ Mark Kopczak, who is vice president of network planning and responsible for route analysis, said the airline is constantly reviewing places to add flights, “to determine where we think is the best place we could put airplanes and be a profitable airline.”
“With industry consolidation, there are fewer and fewer of the bigger airlines and service is going down in many locations, including Detroit,” he said. “We think that’s creating an opportunity for us to be able to add some flights to the market and appeal to those people who are looking to save money.”
Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/