The economy still isn’t firing on all cylinders.
But that hasn’t stopped travelers from flocking to the Wilmington International Airport, which set a passenger record for the third straight month in October.
More than 77,000 passengers traveled through the airport last month, surpassing the previous record of 73,000 set in 2007, which was near the tail end of last decade’s boom years.
Wilmington was also up nearly 8,000 passengers over October 2009’s figure.
Through the first 10 months of 2010, the airport is about 1 percent behind 2008’s passenger totals, which ended up being Wilmington’s best year ever.
Executive director Jon Rosborough said it would be great if the airport could set a record for 2010, especially considering that passenger numbers were down double digits in the first quarter compared to the same time period last year.
But he said he was even happier that the airport has been able to show steady growth during these trying economic times.
Rosborough said he credited the airport’s competitive airfares and nonstop service to popular destinations, including New York and Philadelphia, for boosting demand.
“When you have those two factors, the ability to get on a plane that meets your schedule and do it competitively, why go anywhere else?” he said.
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