Appleton Airport reports 19 percent increase in traffic

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TOWN OF GREENVILLE, Wis. (WBAY)- In the past few months Action 2 News has reported about additional flights added at Appleton International Airport.

On Wednesday new numbers show the effect on it's passenger count which was up in January by 19 percent.

For people flying out of Appleton--the airport might seem a bit more busy and according to new numbers-- it is, especially this past January when more than 8,000 additional passengers passed through the gate compared to a year ago.

"We just ended a very successful January. We were up over 19 percent in passenger numbers," said Airport Director Abe Weber.

The increase gave the airport it's strongest showing for a January in it's 53 year history.

Some of it is tied to United Airlines--- which is operated locally by Air Wisconsin.

Weber added, "We have seen a tremendous investment from United Airlines into our region. They added one flight additional this month of January, and then come April they will add an additional so we will be up to six flights a day on United Airline down to Chicago."

United passenger traffic was up by 34 percent last month, and Allegiant too was up by 13 percent. American plans to add another flight in May after launching service this past summer.

Peter Thillman is the Vice President of the Fox Cities Regional Economic Partnership.

He said, "You can tell the expanded routes have really added to the traffic counts there and it's good to see the airport growing. Mostly business travel, so you know the economy is picking up and businesses are traveling once again."

Airport officials also say United has shifted its focus to concentrate more on smaller Midwest cities and that competition here has already caused the average ticket price to drop by a few dollars.