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Jan 19, 2010 11:17 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick

2009 Proves To Be A Successful Year For Lafayette Regional

December was another outstanding month in terms of the numbers of passengers flying in and out of Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT), helping to push the airport to one of its best years ever. Throughout the year, 419,734 passengers flew in and out of Lafayette Regional Airport, making it the fifth best on record. This was a significant accomplishment for LFT, considering airports around the country experienced tough economic impacts that led to double-digit drops in passengers, reduced number of flights and, in some cases, loss of air service. Compared to 2008, the number of passengers was less than one percent fewer.

"It was another great year for Lafayette Regional Airport," says Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Paul Segura. "We had a lot of positive things happen and those helped us to have continued success despite tough economic conditions. Airline moves like American Eagle adding additional daily flights to Dallas and the Northwest/Delta merger that allowed us to offer all jet service to Memphis on larger planes with more available seats led to improved travel options for passengers. But the biggest reason for our success was the invaluable and continued support of the business and leisure travelers of Acadiana. They are the reason we did well in 2009 and we hope they will continue to support their hometown airport in 2010."

Enplanement figures, the number of passengers who boarded flights, ranked as the fourth best December on record with 17,010. Deplanement figures, the number of passengers who arrived at LFT, ranked as the sixth highest number on record for December with 16,470.

Load factors for the year, a measure of the number of passengers flying on an airliner compared to the number of seats available, were high for all four carriers. Leading the way was Delta Connection/Atlanta with a load factor of 81 percent, followed by American Eagle with 70 percent, Continental Express with 68 percent and Delta Connection/Memphis with 61 percent.

Cargo numbers for 2009 also remained high. Enplaned cargo in December totaled 888,495 pounds, resulting in 8,764,946 for the year. Deplaned cargo in December was 1,574,068 pounds, totaling 16,262,971 for 2009.

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