Chattanooga Airport Has 2nd Best Year in Two Decades

Boardings of 309,235 last year were just behind 310,414 passengers in 2009, according to the airport's operations reports.

"We continue to have dialogue with [airlines] here and others that are not," he said. The challenge is that carriers had been losing a lot of money and have just returned to profitability, the airport CEO said.

"They're very averse to taking on risk," he said.

For an airline such as United, for example, it doesn't have extra airplanes sitting around.

"They'll have to take it away from somewhere else," said Hart, adding that "there's a great story here. We'll continue to fight that battle and keep talking about it."

Contact Mike Pare at or 423-757-6318.

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