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Fewer people flying the friendly skies

By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This year has been a bad one for many industries, and airlines have been hit especially hard.

At the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, numbers for both arriving and departing passengers are down from where they were only a couple of years ago.

Airport officials say that the trend is one that is happening nationwide, and that Albany is doing better than some airports because of it's focus on the business traveller, rather than relying on tourists.

The main problem has been the economy.

Yvette Ahele, the Director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport said, "right now, we all understand that times are tough, and people do not have a lot of discretionary income."

Ahele says that improvements to the airport to make it more passenger friendly will be completed in the next few years. The improvements will include a new passenger terminal, built behind the current terminal.

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