JAN Shows a 19.1% Increase in December 2018 Passengers

By Yolanda Clay-Moore, Manager, Public Relations & Customer Service
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) is showing a 19.1% increase in passengers traveling in December 2018 over December 2017. The same holds true for passengers traveling in November 2018, with an 11.5% increase over passengers traveling November of 2017.

JAN reported a total of 942,375 passengers last year – 28,826 more than the previous year – consistent with forecasts of increased air travel nationwide. The additions of two new low-cost carriers, Via Airlines, which began operating in June 2018, and Frontier Airlines, which began service in October 2018, were certainly contributing sources of the overall 3.2% increase in passengers flying out of Mississippi’s capital city airport in 2018. These two new low-cost carriers also added new non-stop destinations that are key to both business and leisure travelers. Central Florida and Denver, CO, are certainly prime tourism destinations, but they are also destinations for big business. Additionally, the non-stop flight to Denver opens up travel for the West Coast as well as international travel.

“We imagined that adding two new low-cost carriers, Via and Frontier Airlines, would increase our bottom line, but a 19.1% increase is significant and we’re proud of this number,” said airport C.E.O. Carl D. Newman. “We believe with the ongoing terminal upgrades, including new carpet and restrooms on both concourses, new murals and a new concessionaire with new food offerings, it’s only going to get better!”