An increase in traffic for all three major airlines that fly into Augusta Regional Airport resulted in a record-setting year for passengers.
According to airport data, 541,836 passengers flew in and out of Augusta in 2011, beating 2010’s record-setting mark by 9 percent.
“It is really gratifying to have another record-breaking year,” said Gary LeTellier, the airport’s executive director. “Fares remain extremely competitive, and reliability continues to be very strong at Augusta Regional Airport.”
LeTellier said airport traffic increased despite the disruption caused by runway construction.
Delta had 15,117 more passengers in 2011 than the year before. US Airways was up by 14,957, according to airport data.
Some of the credit for setting the record goes to American Eagle’s full year of service instead of half a year of service in 2010.
The airline, however, will cease Augusta flights next week as part of the bankruptcy proceedings by its parent company.
The back-to-back record-setting years come just five years after one of the lowest points in airport history. In 2006, only 275,723 travelers used the airport. The lowest annual traveler count in the past 30 years was in 1982, with 271,048 passengers, according to airport statistics.
“The low fares, great service and convenience of AGS provide area residents with strong reasons to fly from Augusta. We look for continued success in 2012,” LeTellier said.
Reliability for the three airlines was high for completed flights and in the 80 percent range for on-time departures.