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2009 - Highest Boardings in Thirty Years

24% Growth in 2009

Huntington Tri-State Airport saw passenger boardings grow by 24% in 2009 and the highest yearly boardings in thirty years, according to reports released today during the monthly meeting of the Tri-State Airport Authority. Year-end boardings totaled 105,436 passengers, compared to 85,084 in 2008. The last time the airport exceeded one hundred thousand passengers was in 1989, when 101,577 passengers departed from the airport. The highest passenger level prior to that was in 1980 when the airport had 104,233 boardings.

December boardings were also up compared to last year by 8.5%. In 2009, all arriving and departing passengers totaled 209,836.

The airport has been steadily adding passengers since November 2006, when Allegiant Air began nonstop Florida service to Orlando. The airline added service to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Ft. Lauderdale in 2007 and 2008. In April of 2009, Allegiant added nonstop service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

“More and more travelers are choosing to fly from Huntington,” stated Marketing Director Beckie McKinley. “We now have nonstop service to more destinations and very affordable airfares. Area travelers have more reasons than ever to fly from Huntington for vacation and business travel.”

Huntington Tri-State Airport is served by Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways Express, with nonstop service to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay, Myrtle Beach, Cincinnati, and Charlotte. Visit www.tristateairport.com for more information.

Contact: Beckie McKinley
Marketing Director
Tri-State Airport Authority
1449 Airport Road
Huntington, WV 25704
304-453-6165 ext. 15
304-638-1893
bmckinley@tristateairport.com

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