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Tri-State Airport announces mixed travel numbers for July

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 12:44 AM

CEREDO  —  Huntington Tri-State Airport reported a slightly stronger July 2013 than July 2012, members of the Airport Authority were told on Thursday, despite declines in fuel sales and rental car fees.
Financial Director Don Wiseman told the board that the airport’s revenue over expenditures wrapped up about $700 ahead of last July. Parking, which makes up 40 percent of the budget, helped make up the difference, he said.
Marketing Director Beckie McKinley reported that enplanements were 15 percent higher in July 2013 than July 2012. US Airways enplanements were down 9 percent from last July, and the airline had an average 63 percent load factor in July.  Allegiant Airlines enplanements were up 24 percent from last July. They maintained a 93 percent average load factor, she said.
The last Allegiant flight to Fort Lauderdale was on Monday. The Fort Lauderdale service was discontinued from a number of cities not because load factors were poor, Airport Director Jerry Brienza said, but because Allegiant hasn’t been selling as many hotel and other packages in Fort Lauderdale, he said. The airport is urging the airline to consider bringing the service back to Huntington at least seasonally, he said.
U.S. Airways is adding a Sunday evening flight, McKinley said. It leaves at 6 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m., she said, and begins at the end of August.
Brienza said the airport is continuing to pursue additional air service and has met with Congressional representatives to discuss the airport’s needs.



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