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First six months of 2019 busiest in history of Harrisburg International Airport

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 7/31/19

The first six months of 2019 have been the busiest first six months of any year in the history of Harrisburg International Airport.

From January through June, the number of passengers flying in …

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First six months of 2019 busiest in history of Harrisburg International Airport

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The first six months of 2019 have been the busiest first six months of any year in the history of Harrisburg International Airport.

From January through June, the number of passengers flying in and out of HIA was 1.7 percent greater than the previous record set in the first six months of 1997, HIA spokesman Scott Miller told the Press & Journal.

“People are buying seats at a record level,” Miller said, in part because HIA has more seats available for sale than the airport has had in almost 10 years.

The seat increase is due to airlines at HIA expanding their service, led by Frontier, Allegiant and American.

More seats available has led to fares coming down “a little bit on average,” Miller said. HIA also has more nonstop destinations — 16 — than ever before.

“(Passenger) traffic is up, flights are up” and HIA is continuing to benefit from the economy doing well, he said.

HIA won’t publicly release the figures through June until after today’s meeting of the authority that owns the airport.

But through May 31, the most recent month for when numbers have been released, 589,184 passengers had flown in and out of HIA so far in 2019 — a 17.3 percent increase over the first five months of 2018.

HIA is on track to surpass the passenger numbers for all of 2018 — which were the highest at the airport since 2007.