Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fort Smith Regional Airport (KFSM) traffic up 2 percent in June

Passenger traffic for June at the Fort Smith Regional Airport increased by 2 percent compared with the same period last year.

According to the latest airport traffic report, 8,304 passengers boarded flights at the regional airport compared with 8,128 in June 2016. Year-to-date figures show the airport is 5.3 percent ahead of last year with 43,824 total enplanements (passengers boarding flights) by the end of June compared with 41,593 by the same time last year.

American Airlines continues to see an increase in enplanements with a 7.5 percent increase in June. Delta Air Lines, however, saw a 7.5 percent drop in June. Delta, which dropped a midday flight in 2015 at the Fort Smith airport, has also changed its departure times and switched to a smaller CRJ-200 aircraft for Fort Smith flights.

Commercial airport traffic is seen as an economic indicator, according to Airport Director Michael Griffin. There were 87,488 total enplanements in 2016 at the Fort Smith Regional Airport, a 0.9 percent increase over 2014, but still 6 percent lower than 2014′s seven-year high of 92,869. Total enplanements in 2013 were 84,520 following three years of enplanments in the low to mid-86,000s. The year 2009 saw just 78,432 enplanements at the airport as a reflection on the recession which began in 2008 when there were 87,030 enplanements.

According to the airport’s annual passenger activity from 1954 to 2016, the busiest year at the airport was 1998 with 109,034 total enplanements, or boarding flights at the airport. Years that surpassed 100,000 total enplanements at the Fort Smith airport were 1975, 1992, 1993, 1997-2000 and 2005.

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