Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Airport Boardings Down for Sixth Straight Month / Deplanements Fall 1.9%

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Airport Boardings Down for Sixth Straight Month / Deplanements Fall 1.9%

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A 7.2 percent drop in enplanements was recorded at Will Rogers World Airport in July, the sixth monthly drop this year, according to figures released Monday by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.

There were 140,244 passengers boarding in July, compared to 151,245 in July 1987.

Deplanements (arriving passengers) totaled 139,688 in July, a 1.9 percent drop from 142,469.

January was the only month this year in which boardings were up from the same month of 1987. There were 96,844 boardings in January, up 1.3 percent from 95,526.

In year-to-date figures, there have been 852,590 enplanements in 1988, down 4.2 percent from 890,813 in 1987.

A still lagging economy and reduced business and vacation travel could be part of the cause of the reduced boardings, said Luther Trent, airports business manager.

"Our economy still isn't as good as it could be and that could be having an affect," said Trent.

"But, I can't find one single factor which would account for the reduced enplanements. There could be several things.

"It could be that our economy is having an effect on travel, especially vacation travel.

"I don't know if our economy is any worse than it was at this time last year," Trent said, "so it appears as if our travel should be about stable. Why the enplanements are down is basically a mystery.

"There really are not trends which indicate anything seriously wrong."

Another mystery is that Northwest Airlines had a 30.5 percent increase in enplanements in July, the only airline serving Will Rogers to register an increase, said Trent.

"I don't know that they (Northwest) did anything different in July," Trent said. …

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