Oct 18, 2011 11:33 AM by KATC Staff
Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Paul A. Guilbeau reports that September was record-breaking for Lafayette Regional Airport. Last month was the busiest month in the airport's history, breaking the record set in May 2010. In September 21,093 passengers boarded planes at the airport, the highest on record for any month previous. In addition, 22,373 passengers deplaned, which also topped the previous record.
"September was not only a great month, but one for the record books. Through the third quarter of 2011, 338,611 people chose to fly Lafayette," says Guilbeau. "This is a tremendous show of support for our airport and we appreciate all the Acadiana travelers who are choosing Lafayette Regional Airport. The immediate future looks bright for us. With the addition of a nonstop carrier to Las Vegas in November and another carrier bringing in larger aircraft with more seats in December, we anticipate breaking last year's record for passengers."
Load factors, the number of passengers flying on an airline versus the number of seats available, continued to be high in September for all carriers, with all airlines reporting at least 77 percent full.
Cargo numbers for September also remained high. Enplaned cargo totaled 883,784 pounds and deplaned cargo totaled 1,266,935 pounds.
Lafayette Regional Airport offers multiple daily nonstop flights to Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. Allegiant Airlines will offer nonstop service to Las Vegas on Thursdays and Sundays beginning November 3.
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