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Tuesday, April 17 2012
Duluth Airport Authority officials announced today that passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2012 was up 5 percent over the same period in 2011.
"We are very pleased with this increase as it results in the 2nd busiest first quarter in the airport's history," stated Duluth Airport Authority Executive Director Brian Ryks.
A total of 74,042 passengers went through the airport's gates in January, February and March of 2012.
Ryks credits the strong passenger numbers to Allegiant's additional flights to Las Vegas and Orlando during the month of March and the continued growth of United Airlines' service to Chicago. "We are so pleased that our Region's travelers are embracing our current air service. If the community continues to recognize the importance of flying local, development of new air service options will continue to grow. United numbers were up 26 percent during the first quarter while Allegiant achieved the largest growth seeing a 36 percent increase year over year."
About Duluth International Airport
United Express offers twice daily nonstop flights to Chicago with the addition of a 3rd daily flight starting June 7th; Delta offers six daily nonstop flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul and two daily nonstop flights to Detroit; and Allegiant Air offers two weekly nonstop flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa and seasonal service to Orlando-Sanford.
The airport is currently undergoing phase 2 of a $70 million dollar new passenger terminal project. The airport will remain fully operational throughout the duration of the project.
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