By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – While passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport remain a challenge with only 15 weekly flights, the numbers have improved during the second half of the year.
In fact, the airport saw an increase of 20 percent in November compared to a year earlier – 1,013 boardings versus 841.
It marked the fifth consecutive month that Tupelo Regional posted more boardings over the previous month.
Through November, the airport has boarded 11,027 passengers. That’s still down 8 percent for the year.
“It appears that boardings have stabilized,” said airport Executive Director Josh Abramson. “Tupelo is reflecting a state and nationwide trend that started in October. I would attribute our local success to stability in the flight schedule. Within the first four months of my employment at Tupelo, the schedule changed three times. I hope for continued increases in passengers at Tupelo Regional Airport as we try to better serve the region.”
Total fuel sales at the airport, however, fell for the second straight month after back-to-back increases in August and September. For the year, overall sales of avgas, Jet A, into-plane and self-service fuel are down 9.2 percent.