St. Louis, MO: August 31, 2018 – Air Choice One, a St. Louis-based regional airline, continues its growth in passenger counts at Mason City Municipal Airport with its recent announcement that the carrier has set a monthly record for July, 2018. Airline officials report 1572 total passengers flew out of Mason City in July, which is a 6% increase over the same month in 2017. This represents an average of 26 passengers per day traveling on Air Choice One, a rate which allowed Mason City to qualify for its DOT waiver for the Essential Air Service program.
Since establishing service in Mason City in 2014, Air Choice One has dramatically grown enplanement numbers from just over 300 passengers per month in November, 2014 to 1572 in July, 2018. This level of passenger growth has allowed the EAS per passenger subsidy to be cut nearly in half, a major factor in Mason City’s qualification for the DOT waiver.
“The community has continued to embrace air travel with Air Choice One and support the Mason City Municipal Airport” said Shane Storz, CEO of Air Choice One. “In 2014, we knew we could improve the numbers we were facing if we worked together and re-imagined the possibilities for flights in and out of Mason City. Since that time, and due to passenger demand, we’ve had the opportunity to add flights, add Minneapolis as a hub, and truly provide first class service to the people of Mason City. We’re humbled by the hard work we’ve done together to make the record numbers we’re seeing today possible.”
Air Choice One provides direct flights from Mason City to St. Louis, MO via Fort Dodge, Burlington, and direct flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The St. Louis, Minneapolis and Chicago hubs allow for connections to virtually anywhere in the world.
In addition to the trend of growing passenger counts and reducing EAS subsidies, Air Choice One has also earned a proven track record of reliability in Mason City. The airline boasts a 98% flight completion record as well as a 91% on-time departure rate. Both figures are considered above industry standards.
About Air Choice One
Based in St. Louis, MO, Air Choice One was launched as a scheduled airline serving to hard-to-reach communities, and supports their economic development by increasing business productivity while enhancing the travel experience for business and leisure travelers alike. Air Choice One markets enjoy the benefits of efficient, scheduled airline service into larger cities, like St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta and Minneapolis packaged in a “First-Class” service and seating format. Air Choice One’s goal is to deliver the highest quality and reliability in scheduled commercial air service.