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Passenger boardings climb 5.44% at Columbia airport

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The number of passengers boarding flights at Columbia Metropolitan Airport rose by 5.44% in in October compared with the same month in 2015, according statistics posted on the airport’s website.

Last month, the airport counted 47,989 passenger enplanements compared with 45,515 in October 2015.

Emplanements at Columbia Metropolitan Airport rose by 5.44% in in October compared with the same month in 2015. (Photo/Provided)Meanwhile, through Oct. 31, passenger enplanements rose 3.37%, to 471,142 compared with 455,791 for the first 10 months of 2015, the report showed.

Total passenger traffic at the airport – both arrivals and departures – rose 3.8% through October to 956,617 compared with 921,399 for the first 10 months of 2015, according to the report.

Delta Airlines, which owns a 43% share of the Columbia passenger market, reported 20,457 passenger boardings in October, up 2.77% over the same month in 2015. It was followed by American Airlines, 19,036, up 3.33%; and United Express, 8,496, up 18.23%.

On the freight side of airport operations, the amount of cargo loaded on planes in October totaled 2,532 tons, down 7.39% from 2,734 tons in October 2015. Through October, carriers loaded 26,787 tons, which was about even with the first 10 months of 2015.

United Parcel Service, which operates a regional hub at the airport, reported the amount of freight loaded in October fell 5.27% compared with the same month in 2015. UPS was up less than 1% for the year compared with 2015’s totals.

Total cargo loaded and unloaded at the airport through October was up 5% at 106,328,000 tons compared with a similar period in 2015.

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