Albany airport losing passengers from high prices

Albany airport losing passengers from high prices

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is losing passengers flying in and out of Albany’s airport because of ticket prices.

That’s according to a study presented to the aviation board this week.

A True Market Study on the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport showed that ticket prices are turning people away from the airport.

Travelers like Andy Hurst say the prices don't bother him.

“Personally, the ticket price is a competitor versus the inconvenience of driving to Atlanta for sure,” said Hurst.

Transportation Director David Hamilton said he is taking that study to Delta to hopefully make changes in the future.

“If ticket prices were lower, and they can do that by bringing in an extra flight or a larger plane with more seats, maybe they can lower the prices and more people would choose to fly out of Albany as opposed to driving,” said Hamilton.

One hundred and four passengers fly out of the airport everyday.

Jessica Warner doesn’t fly out from here much, but said the price didn’t stop her either.

“I think it was very fair. I was actually shocked at the decent price,” said Warner.

Outside of the price, Hamilton said there are benefits of this airport that many agree with.

“If you go through Atlanta you have to find parking then you have to go through the long lines of TSA checkpoints, where here, you come in get your parking, your checking, you go through the TSA checkpoint within five minutes and you’re ready to go,” said Hamilton.

“Easy in and easy out compared to the long drive to Atlanta and all the associated headaches with getting into a large airport like that,” said Hurst.

The director plans to ask Delta in the upcoming weeks about making these changes.

He said that its a win-win for everyone.

“This study is a great start for us. It’s a great start in terms of having opportunities to have more advertisement by the city of Albany and Southwest Georgia regional airports,” said Hamilton.

We are told the airport is looking to renew their five-year-lease with Delta at the next Albany City Commission meeting.

The director said if this goes through, he hopes Delta would be more willing to make those changes.

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