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July 22, 2005

Albany-- For the first time since September 11th, 2001, The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is exceeding the number of passengers flying before the terrorist attacks.

Airport officials say South Georgians are finally comfortable with the security measures taken in air travel. The 10:50 Delta A.S.A. flight arrived from Atlanta right on time tFriday morning, near capacity.

Tywannia Jackson Williams decided to fly to Albany from Atlanta rather than driving. " You get here a lot quicker on the plane than driving," she said.

It costs about one hundred dollars more on average to connect a flight to Albany from Atlanta. But Jeff Baker says it's worth it. "With the gas prices today, really the way I look at it, it's cheaper."

In the last five months the passenger count at Albany's airport has increased 16 percent. More than 78,000 passengers have flown in or out of the Albany airport in the last year. The most since the terror attacks on America.

Airport Assistant Manager Robert Mohl said "When 9-11 occurred, traffic dropped off. We lost 1,400 passengers in just one month. We've been climbing back out of the hole since then."

That's good news for passengers, because the more people flying out of Albany, the cheaper tickets can stay. Another almost capacity load headed on the return flight to Atlanta. A lot of passengers say the security checks in Albany are quicker, with less pressure than in bigger airports.

John Sands is a frequent business flier, and says he uses the Albany airport when possible. "All the time. Convenience." Airport officials say the flying public is used to the security measures put in since 9-11, and feels comfortable flying again.

    • Here are the statistics of travel through the South Georgia Regional Airport since 1999. 

 

1999

2000

2001

 Month

Depart

Arrive

Depart

Arrive

Depart

Arrive

Jan

3261

3364

3071

2959

 

2861

Feb

3570

3482

3542

3520

2937

3017

Mar

4040

3950

3820

3541

3504

3578

Apr

3945

3816

3253

3359

3250

3285

May

4014

4276

3768

3762

3562

3513

Jun

4244

4038

3674

3689

3575

3607

Jul

4266

3991

3481

3400

3682

3669

Aug

3600

3702

3434

3511

3431

3553

Sep

3499

3372

3337

3192

2000

1936

Oct

3698

3877

3352

3427

3510

2539

Nov

3573

3760

3379

3324

2578

2674

Dec

3365

3200

3004

2930

2466

2474

Totals

45075

44828

41115

40614

37335

36706

 

 

 

2002

2003

2004

 Month

Depart

Arrive

Depart

Arrive

Depart

Arrive

Jan

2464

 

 

2773

2825

2771

Feb

2474

2505

2665

2564

2159

1681

Mar

2886

2665

2753

2680

2438

1990

Apr

2995

2991

2584

2436

3180

3095

May

3466

3313

2928

2500

3280

3234

Jun

3460

3468

2895

2747

3212

3054

Jul

3485

3488

3217

3013

3451

3271

Aug

3394

3439

2843

2983

3372

3233

Sep

2795

2744

2840

2720

2782

3200

Oct

3436

3311

3360

3396

3319

3273

Nov

3000

2974

2935

3013

3243

3153

Dec

3216

3049

3127

3094

3138

2983

Totals

37071

36416

34916

33919

36399

34938

 

 

2005

 Month

Depart

Arrive

Jan

2798

2743

Feb

3153

2990

Mar

3511

3320

Apr

3582

3479

May

3832

3613

Jun

3773

3632

Jul

 

 

Aug

 

 

Sep

 

 

Oct

 

 

Nov

 

 

Dec

 

 

Totals

20649

19777

 

  

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