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Asheville Regional Airport experiences record-breaking passenger counts in May

(Asheville, N.C.)

The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) has been one of the fastest growing airports in the country for 18 consecutive months — and the growth is continuing!

May numbers indicate the highest monthly passenger counts in the history of the airport. In total, AVL served 143,695 passengers in the month of May. First quarter passenger numbers were up 45 percent compared to last year, and May 2019 numbers were up 46 percent from May 2018.

“The airport’s growth has been unprecedented, and we can see that momentum continuing each month,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E, Executive Director. “Our region’s travelers have been committed to utilizing their local airport. Moreover, Asheville has become a bustling tourist destination, and airlines have responded by adding seats to the market.”

“The Asheville Regional Airport’s success is because our region has attracted new economic partners, and the residents of Western North Carolina have committed to use local air service for business and leisure,” said Matthew Burril, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board Chair. “The airport staff and members of the Airport Authority Board thank all of the community for supporting their local airport.”

Asheville Regional Airport is one of the fastest-growing small airports in the country, with 19 nonstop destinations served by six airlines. The airport just celebrated its fifth consecutive record year of growth, has experienced 18 consecutive months of double-digit growth, and surpassed one million passengers in 2018 for the first time in its 58-year history.


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