Yampa Valley Regional Airport enjoyed its busiest February in five years.
The five airlines regularly serving the airport near Hayden plus a couple of charter flights combined to deliver 28,380 passengers last month, manager of terminal operations Anne Copeland said. That is 1,710 more than in February 2004 and the most February passengers the airport has seen in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era.
March is historically the busiest month at the airport, but February 2005 eclipsed every March total in the past five years except that of 2000, when 31,138 passengers arrived at YVRA.
For a historical comparison, YVRA saw 26,948 people get off the ski season jets in February 2000, which now ranks as the second highest total in five years.
Flights leaving the airport in February were close to 80 percent full on average.
Andy Wirth, vice president of marketing for American Skiing Company's western resorts has said he expects that American's service from Chicago to YVRA will have set records when the ski season ends April 10. American, with daily flights from Dallas, as well, brought nearly 8,000 passengers to the airport in February.
United Airlines, when passenger totals for United Express flights on Mesa Air and Air Wisconsin are factored in, carried the most passengers arriving at YVRA last month -- 9,362. Continental, with daily flights from Houston and a Saturday flight from Newark, N.J., totaled 4,197 in February, down from 4,295 for the same month last year. Continental also was down slightly in January.
Northwest carried 2,811 passengers on daily flights from Minneapolis last month, up 200 passengers from February 2004.
YVRA welcomed 121,600 passengers in calendar year 2004.
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