BANGOR, Maine — For the second consecutive month, Bangor International Airport reported an increase in passenger traffic over last year as airline carriers continue to offer low fares to entice travelers.
Passenger statistics jumped 17 percent in March compared to March 2008. The year-to-date increase also is up 5.6 percent, according to information released Thursday by the airport.
“We are pleased our airline partners are offering frequency and pricing that is attractive to passengers,” Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said in a statement.
The March increase was the largest single-month jump since June 2004. Passenger traffic also had increased by 10 percent in February after dropping 12.4 percent to begin 2009.
The trend at BIA continues to fly in the face of what’s happening nationally. Recent reports by the Air Transport Association of America indicated a 10 percent drop for all U.S. airports.
Additionally, as many airports are considering dropping flights during the summer months, Hupp indicated that BIA is prepared to add seasonal routes.
Bangor is served by five airline carriers that offer nonstop flights to Boston, Detroit, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Sanford, Fla., near Orlando.