December continued a seven-month decline in passenger flights from the airport, with 18,231 fewer travellers compared to the same month last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority.
At their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the board of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority Also at the meeting: Gloria Whisenhunt, chairwoman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, was named to the airport authority board. She will replace the late Stanley Frank who died on January 2. Board members announced that the airport authority will hold an opening ceremony in early February for the newly completed Comair hangar.
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All carriers serving PTIA except Northwest and Delta airlines had better boardings last month compared to May 2005.
Piedmont Triad Airport Authority officials traveled to Tempe, Ariz., last week to discuss lowering fares and improving service with US Airways officials.
It remains to be seen, though, whether holiday passengers can propel the airport out of its recent slump in the number of travelers.
For the first three quarters of the year, passenger boardings were down 15.3 percent from the same period last year.