Jetport's Growth Mirrors Economic Recovery

Article Post Date: November 19, 2009

Jetport's Growth Mirrors Economic Recovery

Portland International Jetport is continuing to show unprecedented passenger growth, having recorded its best third quarter ever.

Figures released today show that 565,208 passengers passed through the Jetport in the months of July, August and September, 2009.

This is nearly 1.5 percent more than for the previous best third quarter, which was recorded in 2008 - the Jetport's record year for passenger numbers.

Although the current to-date overall 2009 figures are down slightly over 2008, there is every indication that passenger numbers will continue to rise as last month set the record for the best ever October for  the Jetport.

A total of 162,323 passengers passed through the Jetport in October 2009, compared to the previous best of 159,678 recorded in 2007.

Jetport Director Paul Bradbury said the figures indicate that Portland International Jetport continues to attract more passengers who once may have used either Boston's Logan Airport or Manchester Airport in New Hampshire.

"I believe people are now understanding that the Portland International Jetport offers better value-for-dollar airfares; more non-stop flights to more destinations than ever; and for southern Maine and northern New Hampshire travelers, more convenience," he said.

" I also think the growth mirrors the economy's recovery. There are more people traveling now than there were at the beginning of the year. It definitely backs our plans for a new terminal expansion and the other improvements we have made recently here at the Jetport."