For Immediate Release October 18, 2010
Carl R. Beardsley, Jr. (Office) 607-763-4455 Commissioner of Aviation
Greater Binghamton Airport Passenger Activity Surges in 3rd Quarter
Double Digit Growth during the 3rd Quarter of 2010
(Binghamton, NY) A growth trend involving airline passenger activity at the Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) continued for the 3rd consecutive quarter. During the 3rd quarter of 2010, 31,342 passengers utilized BGM which represents an increase of 13.5% over the same period in 2009. In August of 2010 alone, 11,457 passengers utilized BGM, which is the highest total monthly passenger activity since the summer of 2007.
The world’s largest airline, Delta Air Lines, with their expanded schedule between BGM and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), continues to show significant increases in passenger traffic. During the third quarter of 2010, Delta attained an increase of 65% over the same period in 2009. 11,170 passengers utilized Delta during the third quarter of 2010, which is almost 4,400 more customers than they had during the same period in 2009. Delta Air Lines added a third round trip flight between BGM and DTW in April of 2010.
“The passenger activity increases at BGM are certainly a positive economic indicator for the Greater Binghamton region,” said Barbara J. Fiala, Broome County Executive. “It is especially encouraging that we are seeing sustained growth that has last nearly the entire year,” added Fiala.
In addition to Delta Air Lines’ expanded flight schedule, a variety of factors have influenced this trend including what appears to be growth in the volume of business-related travel resulting from local economic improvements such as natural gas exploration. Travel to energy related destinations such as Houston, Dallas and Denver are reported to be on a growth trend.
“We are thrilled with the positive passenger activity results of the third quarter of this year,” said Carl R. Beardsley, Jr., Broome County Commissioner of Aviation. “Based on our double digit growth, it is clear that both business and leisure travelers are choosing BGM more and more as their portal to the world,” added Beardsley.
For current flight and airport information, please check the airport’s web site at www.flybgm.com .