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Airport Celebrates 100,000 Passengers

Highest Boardings in Twenty Years

Huntington Tri-State Airport today celebrated the boarding of its one hundred thousandth passenger by surprising a local Ironton traveler after she checked in for her flight. The last time the airport had 100,000 or more passengers in a single year, was 20 years ago in 1989.

Shanna Kelly was recognized as the “One Hundred Thousandth Passenger” by Airport Director Jerry Brienza, prior to her boarding Allegiant Air flight #738 to Orlando this morning. She and her two children were flying to Florida to visit family. Ms. Kelly was presented with numerous gifts, including new luggage, travel items, gift certificates, a gift basket and a pen, which an airport employee handcrafted from a locust tree that had been removed from airport grounds to make room for an extra parking lot. The airport authority, employees, and tenants helped celebrate the occasion. Passengers were treated to refreshments and the terminal was decorated with balloons and a banner announcing the celebration.

“This is a great day for our airport”, Brienza said. “We certainly thank the one hundred thousand passengers that made this day possible and for making Tri-State Airport their airport of choice.”

The airport has been steadily adding passengers since November 2006, when Allegiant Air began service to Orlando-Sanford. The airline has since added service to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Ft. Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. The global networks offered by Delta Connection and US Airways Express, also provide valuable airline service and connectivity to the world from HTS.

Huntington Tri-State Airport enplaned more than 85,000 passengers in 2008, which was a 33% increase over the previous year. “By year-end, we’re hoping to have exceeded the 1989 passenger boardings (101,577) and maybe even the 1988 total, which was 103,280,” stated Brienza.

Contact: Beckie McKinley
Marketing Director
Tri-State Airport Authority
1449 Airport Road
Huntington, WV 25704
304-453-6165 ext. 15