GTRA stays on record pace

Golden Triangle Regional Airport (courtesy)
Staff Writer

The airways smiled on Golden Triangle Regional Airport for a third straight month, continuing what has started as another record year for the transportation hub.

According to March numbers, 3,873 passengers flew Delta out of the airport in March. Another 671 took charter flights, pushing the total passenger count to 4,544.

The Delta and charter numbers were records for the month with the number flying Delta almost 400 more than any previous March and the fourth highest of any month in the last 14 years.

The charter numbers, fueled by the Mississippi State women's and men's basketball teams' post-season tournament runs, were the highest for any month in the airport's history.

During the first quarter, 10,246 passengers flew Delta and another 1,362 took charters. Both are records for the period and so far this year, the combined passenger counts are 10.72 percent above last year, which was a record with 44,030 total passengers.

If the airport continues at its current pace, it will handle more than 48,000 airline and charter passengers this year.

GTRA remains the state's third-busiest airport behind Jackson and Gulfport-Biloxi.

It handles almost five times more passengers than Tupelo and three times Meridian.