Airport traffic ticks up in April
Passenger traffic at Southwest Florida International Airport increased slightly in April, the most recent month reported.
During April, 849,815 passengers traveled through the airport, an increase of 1.8 percent compared to April 2008, according to numbers released Thursday.
Year-to-date, passenger traffic is down 2.7 percent over the same period last year.
The traffic leader in April was AirTran with 143,457 passengers traveling to and from Fort Myers. Rounding out the top five airlines were JetBlue (121,753), Delta (92,283), Southwest (90,188) and Continental (81,299).
Southwest Florida International Airport had 8,921 aircraft movements (takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 4.1 percent over April 2008. Page Field General Aviation Airport saw 7,036 movements, a 0.2 percent increase from April 2008. In addition, more than 2.6 million pounds of air freight moved through Southwest Florida International Airport in April 2009.
Southwest Florida International Airport served more than 7.6 million passengers in 2008 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. No ad valorem (property) taxes are used for airport operation or construction. For more information, log onto www.flylcpa.com