Fresno airport sees record passengers in July

Fresno Yosemite International AirportFresno Yosemite International AirportJuly was a record-setting month for passengers traveling through Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

More than 130,000 flew out of the airport during the month, an increase of 4.3 percent over July 2011 and a 5-percent increase year-to-date.

The bump was due in large part to Alaska Airlines, which began offering twice daily non-stop service between Fresno and San Diego on June 4, with current specials starting at $69 each way.

In addition, Allegiant Air began flying once a week from Fresno to Honolulu on June 30 and now has plans for second weekly flights starting November 14.

Still popular are the daily flights from Fresno to Guadalajara that Mexican airlines Aeromexico and Volaris started up last April.

Travel picked up 6.4 percent in 2011 over the year before with m roe than 1.2 million passengers, making it the third-highest traffic year in Fresno Yosemite's 70-year history.

In all, nine carriers fly in and out of Fresno with around 41 daily domestic and international departures from FYI.