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McGhee Tyson airport sees increased passenger traffic


The Metropolitan Knopxville Airport Authority reported this week that March 2007 passenger traffic levels at McGhee Tyson Airport grew almost nine percent over March 2006 passenger levels with almost 151,000 travelers using the facility. This marks the third largest passenger levels for the month of March in the history of the airport.

“Passenger numbers are on the rise due in large part to three, low-fare nonstop destinations offered by Allegiant Air,” Kirk Huddleston, chairman of the MKAA Board, said. “We anticipate that this growth trend will continue as we enter the heavily traveled summer months. Additional flights offered to Dallas/Forth Worth and New York by American Eagle and Delta Air Lines should translate into increased passenger traffic.”

Huddleston said the March numbers reflect the first full month of Allegiant Air numbers that include all three of the company’s nonstop destinations — St. Petersburg, Orlando/Sanford and Las Vegas. Allegiant Air served more than 12,000 passengers with an 87 percent overall load factor. United Express also showed strong growth with a 30.8 percent difference over this month last year.

Market shares remained relatively stable with the exception of Allegiant Air.

It moved from a share of six percent share in February to a little more than eight percent in March.

 

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