Duluth International Airport reports busy first quarterThe first quarter of 2012 was the second-busiest first quarter in the history of the Duluth International Airport, says its director, Brian Ryks.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The first quarter of 2012 was the second-busiest first quarter in the history of the Duluth International Airport, says its director, Brian Ryks.
A total of 74,042 passengers went through the airport’s gates in January, February and March. That’s up 5 percent compared to the same period in 2011,
according to airport numbers.
Passenger totals are up because Allegiant Air added flights to Las Vegas and Orlando in March and because of the continued growth of United Airlines’ service to Chicago, said Ryks, executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority.
“We are so pleased that our region’s travelers are embracing our current air service,” Ryks said in a statement. “If the community continues to recognize the importance of flying local, development of new air service options will continue to grow.”
United’s numbers were up 26 percent in the first quarter, while Allegiant’s were up 36 percent over the first quarter of 2011, he said.