"While I'm disappointed that we've lost flights, I'm not overly concerned, and I believe those flights will come back to us in due time," he said.
Johnson said that consumers might have problems getting on some flights during the holiday season, but not normally.
He also doesn't expect passenger numbers, scheduled to be released today, to be down for November, at least not double-digit percentage rates.
So far the decrease in passengers hasn't had a big effect on the airport's operating revenue, which was up 6.4 percent in October at $10. 3 million compared to $9.7 million for the same period in 2004.
Debbage doesn't expect passenger volume to drop quite as dramatically as the number of daily flights since airlines are trying to match demand with their seats.
In fact, he suspects that the decrease in passengers and flights at PTIA are temporary issues.
"I honestly think that come spring and summer the airport will turn it around," he said.
Despite the difficult times in the airline industry, airport authority officials said they are glad that they are expanding the airport's north concourse, a $7 million project that will provide gates for new and existing airlines, including Delta.
All carriers serving PTIA except Northwest and Delta airlines had better boardings last month compared to May 2005.
Piedmont Triad International Airport officials continue to await word on how many flights they may lose as their top carrier works through its bankruptcy.
It remains to be seen, though, whether holiday passengers can propel the airport out of its recent slump in the number of travelers.
Fares are substantially higher in at Piedmont compared with Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte.