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CEO Letter

A message from E-REP CEO, Lloyd Winnecke

Lloyd Winnecke,

A Region on the Rise

T he past several months have marked a significant era at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) as it has achieved a record run of unprecedented growth. Thanks to the dedicated work of our airport staff, local business community, local and state partners, and our region’s travelers who are choosing to fly local, EVV’s passenger traffic and air service growth has soared, and the growth trajectory is quite remarkable.

Commencing with last November’s announcement of one of our nation’s top-sought and fastest growing air carriers, Breeze – which chose Evansville as their first Indiana city – EVV now offers affordable, nonstop service to one of our region’s most popular destinations: Orlando International Airport, a world-renowned business conference and leisure hub.

Soon following, ultra low-cost carrier and EVV-vested Allegiant announced affordable nonstop service to our community’s most-traveled beach destination, St. Petersburgh, FL., launching in June.

And most recently, long-time partner American Airlines announced the return of nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare, one of the world’s best-connected international airports and a global business hub that is vital to the economic health of our region. With the return of Chicago, American is soon set to achieve an astonishing 36 percent rise in the number of seats and flights offered through Evansville in comparison to their 2019 pre-pandemic flight options. We are coming back stronger, and I couldn’t be prouder of this tremendous success story. The new Chicago flights begin in September, and I hope you’ll join me in ensuring these flights, as well as all of EVV’s air service, remains supported.

Larger aircraft, more business-class options, increased connectivity to both business hubs and leisure destinations alike, all happen when we support our local flight offerings. With the ongoing stabilization of the regional pilot and air carrier systems, we look forward to once again seeing our airport climb the ranks to being one of the best-connected U.S. regional airports per capita. EVV is the conduit for thriving business partnerships and growth along with enhanced quality of place through affordable vacations, which allow our residents and our businesses’ team members to retreat to sunny destinations and return to the greater Evansville Region refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to contribute to our community. And in return, EVV serves as a tremendous connector in bringing visitors to our great city.

There are few assets more valuable to our region than our airport. Evansville Regional fuels our economy and helps create a quality of place that our people enjoy and have come to expect. Whether a necessity for our businesses or to our vacation plans, our local airport affects us all. Again, please join me in supporting EVV to ensure the long-term viability of both our local airport and region. Because when we fly local, our region soars.