Airport gives thanks after record-setting Thanksgiving

Date: 12/6/2010

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By Gareth McGrath
Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Published: Monday, December 6, 2010 at 1:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 at 1:57 p.m.

The good times continue to roll at the Wilmington International Airport, with passenger numbers for the busy Thanksgiving holiday up a whopping 18 percent over last year's figure.

Granted, last year was a tough year for flying as both business and leisure travelers kept their money close to their vest as the economy swooned.

But that cautiousness appears to have melted away, even if the economy these days isn't exactly on fire.

Airport Director Jon Rosborough said 11,557 passengers flew out of Wilmington between Nov. 21 and Nov. 29.

That compares with 9,831 over the same period last year.

The surge in passenger numbers was seen in the airport's parking lots.

"We were completely maxed out," said Rosborough, noting that some motorists even were parking on the curbs in the overflow lots.

He added that the parking crush just highlights the need for a new 325-space credit card lot, which the airport hopes to have open on the northside of the terminal for next year's holiday rush.

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