ROANOKE, Va. - A newly released report from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport shows a traffic increase in 2018.
Amanda Snapp DeHaven, Marketing and Public Relations Administrator for ROA, said traffic increased 5.6% in October.
"October 2018 saw 64,439 passengers fly via ROA compared to 61,012 in October of 2017 an increase of 3,427 passengers," DeHaven said,
She attributed the sustained passenger growth to strong community support, an improved regional economy and airline operational reliability.
DeHaven said, "October 2018 saw 5.6% passenger growth over October 2017. Year to date 2018 traffic is up 6.9% versus 2017, which equates to 35,605 more passengers. At this pace, the airport is on track to have its busiest year since 2007."
“We are pleased to see this positive trend continue into the fall of 2018, especially given our strong traffic numbers in 2016 and 2017,” stated Timothy T. Bradshaw, A.A.E., executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission. “Passenger demand is a critical factor when speaking with airlines regarding improving and increasing air service to our region. Our customers are using our existing air service and the carriers have taken note. We appreciate the support of our community choosing to fly ROA. Between our traffic growth and Small Community Air Service grant we are hopeful of obtaining additional air service”.
The Commission continually works with the airlines to improve reliability, reduce airfare and upgrade equipment serving the region. This has played a significant role in the increase of passengers using the airport. The commission sincerely thanks our customers for choosing to fly ROA.