Air Travel Increasing At Pitt-Greenville

While air travel may be down nationwide, that's not the case in Eastern Carolina.

At Pitt-Greenville Airport passenger traffic is on the upswing. Airport manager Jerry Vickers says in November they saw 6.3% more passengers, compared to last November.

In November the airport had 9,809 on US Airways Express and another 746 passengers on charter flights. Also during that time US Airways Express had a 74.1% of their seats filled using the airport. Earlier this month, the airline added an additional daily jet flight to Charlotte.

Pitt-Greenville has seen a passenger increase for each month of 2009, except during October.


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  • by billy Location: GVL on May 4, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    Flying to Seattle from PGV. Just a little more $ than RDU. Not nearly enough difference to justify 1.5 hours drive, parking, distance, etc. btw does PGV have a website? Can only find info indirectly from commercial travel sites.
  • by MGR@PGV Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    "Posted by: Robert Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:43 PM Well, Greenville is too much. If you live West of 17 fly out of Raleigh. It you live south of New Bern and Morehead fly out of Myrtle Beach and if you live north of Windsor fly out of Norfolk. They all three are about a 3rd of what Greenville charges." Robert, That's much too much of a "geographical" broad brush of airfares in Eastern NC. I reiterate that air fares in general are a function of supply & demand. And while it is true that larger aiports like RDU, Myrtle Beach, Norfolk, etc., will naturally have more seats per day than PGV, the fare all depends on the specific date/time of travel...and how many seats are sold (or predicted to be sold by sophisticated airline revenue management models...very similar to what hotels use to manage room/inventory prices). The other issues to consider are drive times, increased parking rates, onvenience, and "airport hassle" factor.
  • by MGR@PGV Location: Greeville, NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    "Posted by: Tired of driving Location: WashingtonNC on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:50 PM Why must every little town in ENC have a crappy little airport that goes to charlotte? Close them all and open a decent one central to the area, that will fly to atlanta, nyc and miami at the very least. Hey Bev, buy us an airport." I can't speak for Gov Perdue, but the issue of consolidating airports in ENC has been discussed and rejected for over 20 years. Who becomes the "annointed" airport...Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, Jacksonville, etc??? Every community views their airport as an ecoomic development tool...in the case of PGV, the airport has an annual economic impact of over $52M to the local economy. Jacksonville & New Bern airports have comparable economic impacts. For example, the week that ECU played VA Tech, PGV had over 40 private/corporate airplanes flying in for the game...that's over 150-200 people putting heads on beds in local hotels, eating in restaurants, and shopping
  • by MGR@PGV Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    Posted by: Rob on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:11 PM "I fly out of PGV often for interviews in ohio. I'm still searching for a job bc I have a long resume so I'll probably be flying out of PGV again soon." Rob, We appreciate your business and confidence. We find that more & travelers are tired of & frustrated with the "airport hassle" associated with the larger airports. There is great value in being able to get in/out of airports quickly & efficiently...without a long walk/shuttle from distant "discount" parking lots, long security lines, and general congestion. PGV airfares have come down about 26% over the last 18 months...and are much more comptetive with RDU. I understand the pressures of hunting for a new job/career. Especially since I went thru that process this last spring at the tender age of 58. The next time you travel via PGV, give me a call in advance so we can chat. Coffee's on me. JMV
  • by MGR@PGV Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:19 PM
    "Posted by: flyer on Dec 10, 2009 at 03:25 PM If Greenville offered a bus service to and from the airport, they'd see even more business. Parking there is difficult and the cabs available are horrible." It is not the PGV Airport Authority's responsibility to provide bus service. Though the city/county provides some very limited service, it is not easy to qualify or connect to the airport. In most cases, public transit (including that provided by the city and county) is a losing proposition financially and is usually provided under the guise of "services" to lower income citizens. The city and county may be able to subsidize these costs, but the airport is a much smaller, financially self-supporting agency that could not provide this type of service. Keep in mind, that if the majority of citizens want this kind of service, the citizens pay with higher tax rates. And that would have to come from the city/county because the airport does not having taxing powers.
  • by MGR@PGV Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    "Posted by: Chris Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2009 at 01:34 PM I've been trying to book a flight out of Greenville over the holidays and the price is double the cost to book a similar flight out of RDU. It's not the airport's fault but it still sucks. Craven County airport is also way more expensive than RDU." As most people know, the fares on a particular flight increase as the number of seats are sold...it's actually basic supply & demand economics. So I cannot specifically analyze why this particular fare "sucks". But I note that the comment says the fare out of New Bern is also "too high"...and given that the traveler wants to fly during the "holiday season"...I can only surmise that the seats are heavily booked from PGV and the price has risen as the seats are booked up. In general, the advice I would give is to book as far in advance as possible...and if you have a flexible travel schedule, to avoid the "peak" days of travel.
  • by MGR@PGV Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:57 PM
    First of all, I appreciate the comments regarding our airport. And I want to address several of the comments regarding this story; Hmmm...The roundtrip fare from PGV to CLT is, in most cases, ridiculous. But it is in synch with fares to/from Charlotte with respect to Greenville, New Bern, Jacksonville, Fayetteville, etc. For some reason, the airlines belive their should be a "super premium" for flying from small airports to/from their connecting major hubs. In most cases, it is cheaper to fly all the way to west coast than do a round trip to/from the major connecting hub. We consistently challenge/question US Airways about this pricing philosophy...but in truth, they have no rational explanation. I would just tell you that this scenario is consistent with all small or rural airports...and it's not peculiar with PGV.
  • by flyer on Dec 10, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    It is not that I cannot afford to fly that I choose to ride the bus. It is better for the environment and the economy to do so. I choose not to spend the almost 9,000 a year it costs to own a car and just use public transportation when I need it. I fly often and have several great vacations for what most people are stuck paying for their car every year.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Dec 10, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    Well, Greenville is too much. If you live West of 17 fly out of Raleigh. It you live south of New Bern and Morehead fly out of Myrtle Beach and if you live north of Windsor fly out of Norfolk. They all three are about a 3rd of what Greenville charges.
  • by Tired of driving Location: WashingtonNC on Dec 10, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    Why must every little town in ENC have a crappy little airport that goes to charlotte? Close them all and open a decent one central to the area, that will fly to atlanta, nyc and miami at the very least. Hey Bev, buy us an airport.
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