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Oct 23, 2009 11:41 AM by sleonard

LRA Remains Strong in September

September was a good month in terms of the numbers of passengers flying in and out of Lafayette Regional Airport (LRA). The number of enplanements, the number of passengers boarding flights, was the fifth best September on record. Deplanements, the number of passengers arriving at LRA, marked the fourth highest number on record for September. Passenger enplanements were 16,433 and deplanements were 16,390 for September.

Load factors, a measure of the number of passengers flying on an airliner compared to the number of seats available on the flight, remained strong for all four carriers. Leading the way was Delta Connection/Atlanta with a load factor of 77.7 percent, followed by Continental Express with 67.7 percent, American Eagle with 62.2 percent and Delta Connection/Memphis with 52.5 percent. On October 1, Delta Connection/Memphis (formerly Northwest Airlink) began offering all jet service to Memphis, which should raise its load factor percentage.

Cargo numbers for September remained high. Enplaned cargo totaled 730,301 pounds and deplaned cargo totaled 1,481,422 pounds.

"We're pleased that the numbers of passengers and cargo at Lafayette Regional Airport continue to remain high," says Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Paul Segura. "Through the first nine months of this year, our enplanements were off what they were last year by a little over one percent and deplanements were off by a little over a half a percent. Due to the recession, airports nationwide are averaging double-digit downturns in passengers. By comparison, Lafayette Regional Airport is doing extremely well. We really have to thank the travelers of Acadiana for supporting their hometown airport."

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