WATERLOO — Recently staff at the Waterloo Regional Airport concluded a four-month survey of vehicles in the airport parking lot. The May through August survey results reflected license plates from 52 of Iowa’s 99 counties and 31 different states.
The goal of the survey was to report on overall usage of the airport by passengers located in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and throughout the Cedar Valley.
Airport director Keith Kaspari said, “I am pleased that residents located not only throughout Iowa’s Cedar Valley, but also a large area of central and eastern Iowa used the Waterloo Regional Airport for business or leisure travel.
During this period, the airport saw airport patrons from the following counties: Black Hawk, Benton, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Fayette, Floyd, Grundy, Hardin, Linn, Polk, Story, Johnson, Allamakee, Scott, Wapello, Chickasaw, Delaware, Cerro Gordo, Jackson, Tama, Humboldt, Kossuth, Franklin, Winneshiek, Dallas, Dubuque, Madison, Mitchell, Van Buren, Hamilton, Worth, Poweshiek, Boone, Jones, Clayton, Howard, Clarke, Wright, Woodbury, Muscatine, Hancock, Lee, Marshall, Clinton, Cedar, Winnebago, Jasper, Palo Alto, O’Brien, Des Moines and Appanoose.
Additionally, vehicles from 31 different states used the airport for their air travel needs during the four-month period: Minnesota, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Illinois, North Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona, Georgia, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Virginia, Texas, New York, South Carolina, Wisconsin, California, Delaware, Nebraska, Ohio, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vermont and Utah.
“I believe this report is an excellent first start in looking at how broad of an outreach the airport’s marketing plan is today in addition to showcasing how competitive Waterloo’s airfares and parking rates really are,” Kaspari said.
He also thanked Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds office and the Iowa Department of Transportation for their support.