SALT LAKE CITY — More and more people are flying out of airports in Provo and Ogden to take advantage of less expensive tickets and smaller crowds.
Last year there were more than twice as many passengers at Provo Municipal Airport and 6.7 percent more at Ogden-Hinckley Municipal Airport than in 2013, reported The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/2cdAGV4).
About 22 million passengers used Salt Lake City International Airport last year while about 130,000 traveled through Provo and 30,000 took flights in Ogden.
Allegiant Air is the sole airline in Ogden and Provo and does not fly out of Salt Lake City International Airport.
Airline official Keith Hansen says low fares and convenience are driving passengers to the smaller airports.
“The most important thing we can do is to keep our costs low so that our fares stay low,” Hansen said.
He said one of the methods the airline uses to keep prices down is not offering flights during low traffic periods.
“Nobody begins or ends their vacation on a Tuesday,” Hansen said. “So Thursday, Friday, Saturday, we tend to be pretty busy. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we have a pretty light schedule.”
Allegiant offers flights to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport out of Provo and Ogden.
The airline also has flights at the Provo airport going to Los Angeles and Oakland.
Flights will start going to San Diego Sept. 29.
“We’ve certainly had discussions with the (Ogden) airport and the city about adding additional routes,” Hansen said. “It’s certainly possible it could grow, but for right now, we’re at a good place.”
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com