Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Down at Will Rogers for 7th Month

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Boardings Down at Will Rogers for 7th Month

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Boardings at Will Rogers World Airport in August were down for the seventh consecutive month and are down 3.7 percent for the first eight months of 1988, according to figures released by the Oklahoma City Department of Airports.

There were 142,202 enplanements, departing passengers, in August, down 0.1 percent from 142,381 in August 1987.

Enplanements for the first eight months of 1988 totaled 994,792, down 3.7 percent from 1 million for the first eight months of 1987.

August deplanements, arriving passengers, totaled 146,817, down 2.6 percent from 150,770 in August 1987.

Although passenger traffic at Will Rogers World Airport was down, August was the best month thus far into 1988. There were more enplanements and deplanements than in any other month, plus the amount of decrease from 1987 is the lowest of the year.

In January, enplanements were up 1.3 percent and deplanements were up 2.4 percent.

"It does look a little better," said Luther Trent, airports business manager. "It (passenger traffic) seems to be stabilizing slightly, for the amount of loss in August is not as great as it has been.

"There is really nothing to account for this, for I don't know of anything anyone is doing any differently.

"All we (the airports staff) can do is provide the facilities and keep everything working, then it's up to the people."

While overall the nine airlines serving Oklahoma City lost boarding passengers in August, three airlines registered an increase from August 1987.

The biggest gainer was Northwest Airlines which had 9,158 boardings, an increase of 71.4 percent from 5,340 while Southwest Airlines had 33,917 enplanements, up 10.4 percent from 30,696.

American Airlines, the marketshare leader in Oklahoma City, had 35,046 boardings, up 1.3 percent from 34,588.

Division of the Oklahoma City market has fluctuated little in the past couple of years. …

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