Travelers are seeing more competitive ticket pricing out of the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) thanks to an airfare survey completed by local airport officials. The survey findings revealed that some of Waterloo’s airfares were not competitive with neighboring airports in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Local officials appealed to American Airlines to review the data and take action resulting in adjustments in airfares.

American’s review of all domestic airfares from ALO confirms airfares are now much more in line with regional airport neighbors to the same destinations for passenger travel. Depending on the destination, ALO leisure fares were found to be lower, the same, or within a few dollars of Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines.

Keith Kaspari, Airport Director of Waterloo Regional Airport explains the cost of air travel using the Fly-Drive Scenario. This shows Waterloo to be a very cost-effective choice for travelers throughout the Cedar Valley. “When calculating the cost of a passengers’ time, wear and tear on their vehicle, the cost of fuel roundtrip, traffic delays, the time to find and the higher daily cost of parking, getting checked into their flight, and moving through longer security lines – flying ALO remains to be a very cost-effective and convenient choice to begin air travel. Plus, service to Chicago O’Hare on American Airlines provides nearly an endless list of domestic and international connections from one of the best gateway airports in the U.S. We look forward to officials at American Airlines to make additional adjustments for international travel, too.”

Kaspari continues to monitor leisure, business and walk-up airfares, compare with larger neighboring and international airports in Iowa and in Minnesota and work to keep airfares from Waterloo as competitive as possible. “We work with officials at American Airlines to help achieve a competitive balance for all classes of airfares,” says Kaspari. “Increase passenger usage shows a higher load factor of passengers to or from Waterloo. Maintaining a high usage rate in contrast with our larger airport neighbors over an extended period of time will help prove to American Airlines that Waterloo is an excellent location for expanding the current flight schedule.”

City and Airport officials thank American Airlines and loyal passengers throughout the Cedar Valley region for their continued support of Waterloo Regional Airport and stress local air service is essential to the Cedar Valley economy.