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HIA traffic still up; airport authority approves contracts

Passenger traffic at Harrisburg International
Airport
increased by
about 1 percent in April compared with the year-ago period, according to the
Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority. The authority owns and operates
the Dauphin County airport.

Passenger traffic at Harrisburg International
Airport
increased by
about 1 percent in April compared with the year-ago period, according to the
Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority. The authority owns and operates
the Dauphin County airport.

More than 112,000 passengers used the airport in April. The
number of available seats decreased by 2 percent compared with the same period
last year. About 81 percent of all
departing seats were filled in April, which is up from 76 percent in April of
last year.

In other news, the authority today approved a number of
contracts, including an $875,000 agreement with Massachusetts-based North
American Site Developers Inc. for the demolition of the former power-plant
building at Crawford Station in Dauphin
County.

This is the third and final phase of the project, which has
removed fuel tanks, asbestos and other environmental hazards from the site. The
project began shortly after the authority acquired the property from the state
in the late 1990s, said authority spokesman Scott Miller. Demolition should be
completed by the end of the year, he said.

The final phase of the project is being funded by state and
federal funds, in addition to a matching contribution of nearly $254,000 from
the authority. An environmental review will follow the completion of the
project before the authority tries to market the site to developers, Miller
said.

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