Passenger numbers keep rising at Harrisburg International Airport
Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 10:04 AM Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 11:01 AM
DAN MILLER, The Patriot-News
More passengers used Harrisburg International Airport this August than in August 2009, continuing an upward trend of several months now.
Passenger traffic was up 12.2 percent this August over the same month in 2009, the board of airport owners Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority reported this morning.
Traffic for the period May through August is up nearly 10 percent over last year. The number of passengers flying in and out of HIA so far in 2010 is up 5.3 percent compared to the first eight months in 2009.
Board member David McIntosh said competitive airfares and airlines making more seats available for sale at HIA continue to drive the increases. Nine percent more seats were available this August than in August 2009.
Airlines are continuing to expand service at HIA. On Oct. 31 US Airways will launch daily nonstop service from HIA to LaGuardia International Airport in New York City and on Nov. 5 AirTran will resume nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
These moves combined with increased service to Chicago and Charlotte mean that nearly 15 percent more seats will be available for sale in the last four months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, McIntosh said.
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