Airport continues to set passenger records
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport continues to set records for passengers, with June numbers apparently setting an all-time high.
There were 18,166 passengers using 60 flights into and out of the airport in June, the airport reported in a news release.
The airport is on pace to reach 128,000 passengers for the year, which is most likely an all-time high for a single year, said Dan Dickten, director of aviation. The airport recorded a passenger count of 94,212 in 2013.
Dickten previously reported the best year on record was 1998, when there were 96,541 passengers.
The 64,296 passengers during the first six months of 2014 is a 48 percent increase over the same period in 2013.
Of the four destinations served by leisure airline Allegiant in June, the highest passenger count was for Myrtle Beach, with 22 flights and about 3,200 passengers each way.
Second was St. Petersburg/Clearwater Fla., at about 2,100 passengers each way on 13 flights. Third was Orlando/Sanford with about 2,000 passengers each way and 13 flights. Fourth was Punta Gorda/Fort Myers at about 1,400 passengers each way on nine flights.
There were 238 passengers each way on three charter flights, according to the news release.
Dickten said he has not seen data in airport files that exceed the 18,166 passengers from June 2014, but the files do not appear to cover the airport’s complete history.
The Vindicator history book “These Hundred Years” indicated that 42,000 passengers flew on commercial aircraft operated by United Airlines and Capital Airlines in 1949, and additional non-commercial service brought the total to 78,724 passengers for the year.
One reason the numbers might have been lower in earlier decades was that the aircraft used during that time were smaller than those used by Allegiant, Dickten said.