The United States is on track to see over 700 million domestic enplanements in 2016. For the first time, over one million of those flyers will end up in Sioux Falls.
The Sioux Falls Regional Airport will welcome its one millionth passenger of 2016 during a surprise celebration next week. Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony at the terminal on the morning of Thursday, December 22. A more precise time will be released in a follow-up advisory next week when the plane carrying the one millionth passenger is determined.
“2016 marks the first year that one million people have travelled through our airport,” Executive Director Dan Letellier said. “Along with the recent changes and terminal updates at the airport, this is a big milestone for FSD.”
FSD’s one million passengers in 2016 include arrivals, departures, and enplanements. The airport saw 980,000 travelers in 2015 and sees an average of 1,750 daily seats and 150 weekly flights [Sioux Falls Regional Airport, press release, 2016.12.16].
No word yet on whether cake will be served.
According to FAA stats, Sioux Falls Regional Airport ranked 120th for emplanements in 2015 with 493,530 (I welcome aviation experts to explain the difference between emplanements, arrivals, and departures so we can make sense of FSD’s million claim). Let’s put that busy-ness in the context of other airports in the region:
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