Augusta Regional Airport reports improving numbers for 2008

Augusta Regional Airport officials released numbers today that show the facility has managed to increase the number of passengers for 24 straight months.

Diane Johnston, marketing director for the airport, said in an e-mail, that the growth continues even admidst the worldwide economic downturn.

“In spite of the challenging environment that has troubled the airline industry, the airport has seen a double digit percent increase over the last two years,” Ms. Johnston said.

The airport, which had been plagued with problems ranging from late flights to cancellations in recent years, has had a 13.6 percent increase in enplanements, or originating passengers, in 2007. It also increased 2008, this time by 12.5 percent, she said.

Reliability for both Atlantic Southeast Airlines and US Airways also improved slightly in 2008 compared to the previous year.

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