Augusta Regional Airport surpasses 200,000 departures

The Augusta Regional Airport had its best year since 2000 with passenger boardings surpassing 200,000.

The airport had 202,908 departing passengers in 2009, it reported today. That is a 12 percent increase over 2008.

In 2000, there were 208,444 enplanements, according to Federal Aviation Administration. In 2006, only 134,000 people flew out of the airport.

Total passengers for 2009 were 399,077, also a 12 percent increase over the prior year.

Load factors, the overall percentage of filled seats on flights, was 76 percent in spite of more seats being added into the market, said airport spokeswoman Diane Johnston.

US Airways Express flies to Augusta six times a day from Charlotte, N.C. Delta connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines has 10 flights daily from Atlanta.

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