Now, if this is not a reason to hurry up and get the North Terminal underway, I don't know what is!
Fliers' use soars at Metro; record yearly pace possible
September 25, 2004
BY JEWEL GOPWANI
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Detroit Metropolitan Airport reached a new monthly record in July for the number of passengers who used the airport.
Despite the struggles of major carriers -- United Air Lines Inc. is in bankruptcy, US Airways Inc. filed this month, and Delta Air Lines is threatening to file -- 3.4 million passengers arrived and departed from Metro in July.
And, while passenger loads for United and US Airways declined, July's pace is putting Metro on track for a record year to beat 2000, which saw 35.5 million passengers.
July is usually a good month for airport traffic. But it got an extra boost from low-fare carriers pushing fares down, airport spokesman Mike Conway said.
Metro Airport's July numbers saw the biggest push from its dominant carrier. Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest Airlines Inc. and its commuter airlines posted an increase of about 2 percent compared with last year, with an additional 245,604 departures and arrivals at Metro, its largest hub.
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