Abilene regional airport finds no significant change in enplanement numbers from 2016 to 2017

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - The Abilene Regional Airport is looking toward improving its enplanement numbers for 2018 after finding a zero percent change in its yearly totals from 2016 to 2017.

"We had a good month of December, although, we were down some from December of 2016," said Don Green, Director of Transportation Services at Abilene Regional Airport. "We ended the year about even with 2016."

The airport saw a slight decline in 2017 taking place in July.

"The first half of 2017, we saw really good numbers increase in our enplanements," said Green. 

Green said one of the reasons for the slight decline was due to the fare increase that American passed, as well as the loss of a daily departure and arrival in June at Abilene Regional Airport.

In December of 2017, the airport saw an 11 percent decrease in enplanement numbers compared to 2016.  However, in both 2016 and 2017, the airport witnessed more than 90,000 enplanements each year.

"Now we want to do something a little more proactive and try to get additional services in whatever form that takes," said Green.

To help attract a new air services to Abilene, the airport hired a new air service development consultant at the end of 2017.

"This region is poised to continue its growth as we experienced the last two years in the economy," said Green. "A strong oil economy also relates to a strong airport performance."

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