HNN Staff

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Huntington Tri-State Airport saw passenger boardings grow by 11% in 2010 over the previous year. Year-end boardings totaled 116,956 passengers, compared to 105,428 in 2009. December boardings were also up compared to last year by 3.3%. During 2010, the airport served a total of 230,694 arriving and departing passengers.

Allegiant Air carried 60% of the airport’s passengers and posted a 7% increase year over year. The numbers were further boosted by US Airways, which provides non-stop service to Charlotte, posting a 33% increase in boardings over last year. Delta Air Lines, which currently provides service to Cincinnati, remained relatively constant with an increase of 0.6%.

Beginning March 2, Delta will upgrade their current service by shifting their connecting flights from Cincinnati to Detroit—Delta’s second largest hub.

The airport has been steadily adding passengers since November 2006, when Allegiant Air began nonstop Florida service to Orlando, followed by service to St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Ft. Lauderdale, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Within four years, Tri-State Airport has grown from a low of 39,000 passengers for the year to nearly 117,000 passengers, representing a 197% increase and an additional 77,544 travelers.

Another factor has also led to the increase. “Over the past year, the airlines servicing Huntington have offered very affordable and competitive fares, so more travelers are now choosing to fly from Huntington,” stated Marketing Director Beckie McKinley. “Our business travel is up, as well as our leisure travel.” Currently, both US Airways and Delta Air Lines are offering fares of $99 one way and $198 round trip to many destinations in the U.S, for travel completed by March 9th.

For more information, visit www.tristateairport.com