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Huntsville airport traffic jumps 15 percent in August

By Eric Fleischauer · 340-2435

Huntsville International Airport experienced a 15 percent jump in passenger traffic in August, continuing a positive trend.

“It was tremendous growth for us,” said Rick Tucker, executive director of the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority, at a board meeting Tuesday.

For the calendar year, passenger traffic is up 4.8 percent compared to the same point in 2006.

Rail cargo was up slightly compared to year-ago numbers at the intermodal center.

Parking for August was up 8.2 percent from a year ago, adding about $50,000 in revenue. The peak parking-day average for the month was 2,369 vehicles.

The airport is in the midst of a $25.9 million expansion of the parking deck, access roads and toll booths.

Tucker also reviewed with the board some of the airport’s accomplishments during fiscal 2007:

  • The intermodal center set a record with 43,903 rail lifts.

  • United Airlines initiated nonstop service to Denver and Washington, D.C.

  • International Truck and Engine broke ground on a diesel engine production facility.

  • Companies built three warehouse distribution centers.

  • US Airways reduced fares by more than 50 percent to 43 cities.

  • The airport completed a new flight information display system.

  • The fiscal year ended with the airport showing a positive budget variance of more than $600,000.

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