Our total passenger numbers are in for January and the news is great: up 6% compared to the same month last year. Here's how the January growth broke out by airline:
- Allgiant traffic up 8%
- American traffic up 25%
- Delta traffic up 70%. This number is misleading. It reflects the merger of Delta of Northwest. Simply put, the Northwest numbers have been folded into the Delta numbers.
- United traffic down 4%. That may sound bad, but it's actually good. That's the smallest monthly decline the airline has had in Springfield since December 2007!
The other day we were putting together slides for presentation and came up with this graph.
It illustrates the percentage of passenger growth or decline for every month between January of 2008 and January of 2010. Look at the valley...the depths of the recession. Yipes!!!
Our aviation consultant predicts Springfield will have a 2.8% increase in total passengers this year, while the nation as a whole will have a 3.2% decline. Keeping our fingers crossed!