Tyler Pounds Regional Airport saw a 14.9 percent increase in passenger boardings for 2013, the city of Tyler announced Monday.
According to a news release, 85,069 passengers were recorded in 2013 compared to 74,019 in 2012.
“I believe that more and more people are realizing the convenience of using Tyler Pounds Regional Airport,” Airport Manager Davis Dickson said. “We are seeing very competitive airfares out of Tyler, and people are jumping on them. In fact, some fares are less from Tyler than driving to the major hub airports.”
Car rentals from businesses at the airport also are up, with 13,189 cars leased as of November 2013, compared to 11,457 cars for all of 2012, according to a news release. December numbers are expected to be released next week.
Private aviation activities increased in 2013. Aviation fuel sales also were up 24 percent from 2012.
“Airport records are showing passengers coming from as far as 100 miles away to use our regional airport,” Mayor Barbara Bass said. “I think competitive airfares, all jet service, convenient parking and less stress are just some of the reasons to fly Tyler.”