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Shreveport Regional Airport served 291,218 travelers in 2012 and that number has increased from 255,063 in 2010. But 2010 was the first year the airport saw less than 300,000 travelers in 40 years. That's why a study was done by the Northwest Louisiana Air Service Task Force. They were charged with finding solutions to the regional airport's problems. Among those were expensive fares and the lack of a low cost airline serving Shreveport. Our only discount carrier right now is Allegiant Airlines which flies to Las Vegas for $140 one way and Orlando, Florida for $120.

Scott Wolf was on that task force. He says Shreveport Regional would do well to attract more carriers who offer cheaper flights. "Very low cost, getting to both of those locations. It's just limited to getting to both of those cities and they're entertainment based cities. Studies have been done to show that the airfares are more expensive here than other locations of this size. And there's something called the Southwest effect where a low cost carrier comes in and then drives down the cost of the major carriers. But it's just going to be a challenge getting those airfares down, the airfares have historically been a little high here."

Bryant Francis is the Director of Airports for Shreveport. He said, they are aware that flights out of the airport are expensive and they're working on alleviating some of that cost. "The fare structure is kind of the way it is because we're more of a business market than a leisure market, but that doesn't mean there aren't attractive fares here." He's been in the position for nearly a year and says he's gotten a handle on the challenges facing shreveport regional. But he says... Low cost carriers like southwest airlines simply aren't interested in Shreveport, yet. "They have larger aircraft and they have certain requirements for a minimum number of daily departures. So they like to put a lot of flights and a lot of seats into a market before they go in and unfortunately, Shreveport isn't the size market at this point in time that can handle that type of capacity." But Bryant says all is not lost and they hope to attract some new airlines soon. "It's an easy airport to get through and it's easy to use, so we want to keep it that way and make it better."
Right now Shreveport Regional Airport has 7 non stop destinations to Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis, Las Vegas and Orlando. In 2012, Denver, Colorado was added to the list.

Shreveport's average one-way fare is $265 for 2012, which is down from $271 in 2011. Alexandria's average one-way fare is $269 for 2012, which is up from $266 in 2011.  Monroe's average one-way fare is $269 for 2012, which is up from $244 in 2011. Tyler's average one-way fare is $243 for 2012, which is up from $232 in 2011. This price comparison is courtesy of Shreveport Regional Airport.

 

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