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Eastern Iowa Airport Fares Decrease

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- The Eastern Iowa Airport had the largest decrease in fares for the top 100 airports from fourth quarter 2012 to fourth quarter 2013 according to the United States Department of Transportation.

"We have been able to get the fares decreased," Airport Director Tim Bradshaw said.

Lower airfare that Corridor travelers said will help them choose where they'll fly.

"We are trying to overcome that perception," Bradshaw said. "That we are a high priced airport because we are not."

Airport officials praised the new numbers saying that it is great news for the Corridor. Officials have worked closely with airlines after passengers complained of fares being too high at the airport. They feel they have reached a balance.


According to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), The Eastern Iowa Airport fares dropped by 16.5 percent in the past year from an average fare of $443.25 to $370.29. The average fare is for a one-way ticket, according to airport officials.

"The airlines set the fares, we don't set the fares," Bradshaw said. "But we work with them to set competitive airfares."

Flyer John Ross said quality is one factor leading him to fly out of EIA.

"It's a great airport," he said. "I can get nearly anywhere. I love the convenience."

He has flown from EIA at least 50 times and said he'll continue no matter the ticket price.


Many Corridor travelers said the location of the airport itself also pays into their decisions.

"This is a central location if we fly with friends," traveler Francesca Valdivia said.


EIA is going against a national trend in which fares have been rising.


The airport has experienced tremendous growth over the past two years with passenger numbers up more than 6.2 percent between 2012 and 2013.

 

 

 

 
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