GTRA sees more than 5,000 passengers in October, sets all-time record

GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) announced on Friday it had set a new record in the month of October for the number of passengers traveling from the airport.

The airport said more than 5,000 passengers boarding flights in October, which exceeded last year’s October total by 25%.

What’s more, due to the increased number of travelers, the flights were over 90% full.

GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey attributed the growth to an additional flight added by Delta Air Lines as well as an expanded marketing program used to advertise that flight.

“We have expanded our marketing to areas such as Tupelo and Oxford, and as far away as Tuscaloosa, Alabama,” he said. “It is working. We are constantly getting comments about the convenience and ease of travel from people who are using the airport for the first time.”

Hainsey said the additional flight, which started in June, was key in meeting the airport’s goals.

“Our objective is to ensure access to and from the Golden Triangle and West Alabama for travelers throughout the world,” he said. “With major industries and two large universities, we are in a perfect position to provide a safe, convenient travel experience.”