Cargo tonnage was up, while passenger traffic in January dipped 2.5 percent at Harrisburg International Airport, compared to the same month a year ago, the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority said today.
Both Federal Express and UPS experienced a significant increase — an average of 12.9 percent from January 2012, according to SARAA.
“Nationwide, January and February are two of the slowest months of air travel for the year,” SARAA board member Fred Sembach said of the 94,306 total passengers that used HIA last month. “As a result, airlines have reduced the amount of flying during these months over the past few years. This is especially the case as the price of fuel remains high.”
Frontier Airlines will resume nonstop service to Denver from HIA on April 22. The seasonal, nonstop service will start off with three flights a week and expand to four weekly flights, starting the week of May 13.
In other SARAA news, a new fixed-based operator has been authorized at the Capital City Airport. The new operator will be branded and managed by Volo Aviation, beginning in early March, SARAA said.
Connecticut-based Volo also operates FBOs in Connecticut and Florida.
“We were searching for a suitable new location, and this looks like a great fit,” said Brian Ciambra, managing director of FBOs for Volo Aviation.