Client Spotlight: AVL

Did you Know?

  • Five consecutive record years of passenger growth
  • 29 consecutive months of passenger increases
  • 13 consecutive months of double-digit increases
  • 2018 – served 1 MILLION+ (1,134,568) passengers for the first time in its 58 year history (19% increase over previous year)
  • 68% growth in passenger utilization in five years
  • $1.5 billion contributed to the local economy, annually

  • Named second-fastest growing small hub airport in the U.S. by Bloomberg News in May 2018
  • 19 nonstop destinations: Six airlines (Allegiant, American, Delta, Elite, Spirit and United)
  • Route launches coming:  May 3&4 – American – PHL, DFW & LGA; June 8 – DL – DTW
  • Recent route launches in February – United – IAD and G4 – SRQ
  • 2018 was a big year for air service growth –
    • Nine new nonstop routes began or were announced in 2018
      • Denver (Allegiant)
      • Dallas/Ft. Worth (American)
      • Lauderdale (Spirit)
      • New York (American – starts May 2019)
      • Orlando (Spirit)
      • Philadelphia (American – starts May 2019)
      • Sarasota (Allegiant – starts February 2019)
      • Tampa (Spirit)
      • Washington, D.C. (United – starts February 2019)
    • Spirit Airlines began serving North Carolina for the first time in their history – and AVL was among the first airports to receive service in 2018
    • 2019 – we have made one new route announcement (DL – DTW)
    • Because of growth – we have:
      • Constructed our first parking garage (opened in 2018) – it is already nearing capacity nearly every day.
      • Constructed additional aircraft ramp space
      • The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board has begun its due diligence to plan a terminal expansion & renovation

“Ailevon Pacific Consulting, specifically Rhett Morgan and Carrie Kelly, have been more than consultants to me and the AVL team.  They have truly immersed themselves in AVL – our market, culture, strengths and opportunities – and they are a true extension of the team.  We have experienced unprecedented success in our air service development in recent years, and I attribute much of the growth to the professional guidance and expertise Ailevon provides.  We have a defined strategic plan, and we work that plan together, and the results have been significantly positive.” — Tina Kinsey – Director of Marketing, PR & Air Service Development

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