Huntsville airport traffic jumps 15 percent in August
By Eric Fleischauer
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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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