The Charlotte County Airport Authority announced this week the Punta Gorda Airport passenger count for 2017 was just over 1.293 million people. That’s a 15.65 percent increase in passenger traffic for 2017 compared with 1.1M passengers in 2016.

December alone saw a more than 20 percent increase year over year, with more than 128,000 arriving and departing passengers.

A 2017 economic impact study by Volaire Aviation Consulting estimated that in the Southwest Florida region, the airport is responsible for 3,618 full-time jobs with $353.2 million in economic output.