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Airport Boardings Continue to Climb

Passenger boardings at Huntington Tri-State Airport continued to climb during October, despite the downward industry trends. Year-to-date boardings during the past ten months have already exceeded the total boardings for last year (85,084).

Over 9,200 travelers departed from the airport in October 2009—a 32 % increase compared to the same month in 2008. Year-to-date boardings (88,526) are up 26% compared to the first ten months of 2008 (70,445).

In a recently released U.S. Department of Transportation airport data report, overall passenger traffic in the eastern region* of the U.S. decreased by 8.5% during the year ending June 30, 2009, compared to 2008. During that same period, Tri-State Airport’s passenger traffic increased by 25%.

Allegiant Air, which provides non-stop, low fare service to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, and Myrtle Beach, carried 59% of the airport’s passengers in October, and posted a 66% increase over October 2008, and a 52% increase year-to-date. The numbers were further boosted by Delta Air Lines, posting a 22% increase in boardings over the same month last year and an 11% increase year-to-date. Charlotte service on US Airways remained relatively constant.

* U.S. Department of Transportation East Region Passenger Airports Report ranked by passengers for year ended June 30, 2009.