Jan 5, 2010 4:53 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Fewer fliers at Colorado Springs Airport in 2009

The numbers will be out by the end of the week, but the Colorado Springs Airport estimates the number of passengers going through the airport dropped seven percent in 2009, compared to 2008.

Two contributing factors:  the economy and the departure of Express Jet in late 2008.

Monday, US Airways stopped all flights in and out of the Colorado Springs Airport.  US Airways accounted for about six percent of all flights out of the airport.  The airport is also working with other airlines to replace some of the routes by the summer, like the direct flight to Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2010, the Colorado Springs Airport expects to see the same number of travelers as 2009.  The airport plans to have existing airlines add flights and it plans to continue to try to get new airlines to come to Colorado Springs.

"We are always in discussion with both our existing airports and airports who aren't currently here and we're always looking at new routes, replacing routes that have been lost and that is an ongoing discussion that is a daily effort out here at the airport," says Gisela Shanahan, Colorado Springs Airport Assistant Director of Aviation.

The airport will also break ground on a business park in 2010.  The business park will house industrial and office space. The hope is to get a national company to relocate there, and increase the traffic at the airport.


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