Summer brought renewed vigor to passenger counts at Harrisburg International Airport, and the boost wasn’t confined to one carrier.
Traffic during June, July and August increased 9.3 percent over the same period in 2015, HIA officials said this week, up from 299,794 last summer to 327,667 this summer.
While Allegiant Air’s new service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Punta Gorda, Fla. proved to be very popular, American and Air Canada posted traffic increases as well, the airport’s latest report shows.
“More people were able to choose the convenience of HIA this summer as most of our airline partners increased level of summer service,” HIA Executive Director Tim Edwards said.
Six airlines serve HIA, offering about 70 flights daily to 13 non-stop destinations.
A seventh carrier will join the mix next month, bringing western Pennsylvania back into the fold.
“Looking ahead, we are excited for the resumption of nonstop service to Pittsburgh on Southern Airways Express on Oct. 31,” Edwards added.
HIA officials on Saturday hosted their triennial, full-scale emergency drill, drawing more than 70 volunteers to a simulated aircraft incident on the cargo ramp.
Responding were 12 fire EMS departments from Dauphin, Cumberland, York and Lancaster Counties. The American Red Cross, the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office, and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 193rd Special Operations Wing also played significant roles in the drill, airport officials said.
“On behalf of the airport authority, I’d like to thank all the volunteers, first responders and agency partners who made this drill a success,” HIA Fire Chief Frank Wirth said.
“These drills go a long way to help us prepare should an actual incident ever take place on airport property,” he added. “Communications, cooperation and resource staging are always issues we work to improve.”