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Greater Binghamton Airport Passenger Boardings Grow

Boardings increase by 11.5% over 2006 figures

BINGHAMTON, NY - The final tally for passenger boardings at the Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) in 2007 amounted to 122,388 travelers flying from BGM. This number represents an increase of 11.5% over the 109,726 passengers who boarded in 2006. In consecutive year comparisons, this growth represents the 2nd largest percentage increase achieved at the Greater Binghamton Airport since 1984/1985 according to Broome County Department of Aviation Historical Records.

Each of the three (3) air carriers offering service at BGM attained sizeable increases to the number of passengers that they boarded in 2007. The largest increase belonged to United Express who attained 38.3% growth from their direct service to their Dulles hub in Washington DC. Northwest Airlink with service to Detroit experienced a 16.3% increase over 2006 while US Airways and their service to Philadelphia saw a 7.3% surge.

"We are very pleased with the level of growth that our airport, in conjunction with its airline partners, was able to reach in 2007," said Barbara J. Fiala, Broome County Executive. "I would like to personally thank the travelers of the Greater Binghamton region that chose BGM for their air travel needs and as a result made this accomplishment possible," add Fiala.

To encourage additional growth, the airport continues to add passenger services that meet the need of the modern traveler. Recently, working with local contractors, the airport installed work stations on the secured and unsecured sides of the airport called "Relax and Recharge Stations" that allow travelers to comfortably complete work on lap top computers, explore the internet, or charge their cell phone batteries while waiting for their flight. This project was funded through federal and state grants along with airport generated funding.

"To maintain this growth trend, it is important that we continue to meet the evolving needs of the travelers who use BGM regularly," said Carl R. Beardsley, Jr, Broome County Commissioner of Aviation. "With a heavy concentration of travelers using electronics before and during their flights, we felt this was a useful amenity to add for our customers," added Beardsley

Currently, the Greater Binghamton Airport offers service from 3 of the nation's 7 largest airlines with 24 flights per day providing convenient service to most domestic and international destinations. The airlines currently serving the Greater Binghamton area include Northwest Airlink, United Express and US Airways Express. From these airlines, non-stop service is available to Detroit, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, respectively. For current flight information, check the airport's web site at www.goBroomeCounty.com.

Posted: 1/21/2008 12:00 pm