Arrivals at YVRA up from same month in 2010 |

Arrivals at YVRA up from same month in 2010

— The number of passengers arriving at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in December increased by 1,515 passengers from December 2010, attributable in part to an increase in the available number of seats.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Airline Manager Janet Fischer said Wednesday that the 6 percent increase in arriving seats helped boost December 2011 arrivals, but the good weather didn't hurt, either.

"As we were anticipating, the key weeks over December were slightly up," Fischer said.

Airport officials reported this week that the number of arriving passengers last month totaled 17,301, compared to 15,786 in December 2010. The fact that the Yampa Valley experienced a lack of big snowstorms last month probably didn't delight arriving ski vacationers, but it also helped them get to Steamboat.

"We are having some smooth sailing with (flight) completions," Fischer said.

Assistant airport manager Dean Smith confirmed there have been very few flight cancellations this winter. A couple of United Express flights from Denver were canceled during a high-wind event that did not affect larger aircraft, Smith said, but there have been no cancellations due to snow.

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The lodging barometer published by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association forecasts that Steamboat will remain busy this Saturday, when 11,400 overnight guests are expected in town. That compares to a forecast of 9,900 guests for Jan. 15, 2011.

A look ahead to Saturday, Jan. 21 anticipates 8,900 people in town compared to the early forecast of 6,400 for the corresponding Saturday in 2011.

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By the numbers

Yampa Valley Regional Airport

2011 passenger arrivals

January: 20,574

February: 21,669

March: 22,900

April: 2,609

May: 2,156

June: 3,505

July: 4,315

August: 4,116

September: 3,171

October: 2,722

November: 2,681

December: 17,301*

Total: 107,739

2010 total: 110,557

*Up 1,515 from December 2010

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