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Asheville Regional Airport has record-breaking month

The Asheville Regional Airport just released a record number of passenger numbers from October 2017, the busiest month in the airport's history. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Up up and away from the Asheville Regional Airport!

The airport just released a record number of passenger numbers from October 2017, the busiest month in the airport's history.

The airport says 102,095 passengers used the airport in October, topping the previous record of 100,998 monthly passengers, and exhibiting an increase of 17.3% over the same period last year. Year-to-date, passenger numbers are up 14% compared to 2016 - setting the pace for a fourth consecutive record year.

"We are busier than we have ever been," said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director, "And we are working diligently to continue to meet the needs of our growing base of passengers. Our local travelers are finding the flight options they need, right here at their home airport. At the same time, we are welcoming many visitors to our area. The airport's growth is a reflection of the vibrancy of our great region."

"I would like to thank area residents for continuing to use their local airport," said Bleiweis. "Our mission is to provide an exceptional airport experience, and our airline partners' continued commitment to our region contributes to the excellent air service available here."

The airport is nearing the completion of an $80 million, four-plus year improvement project that includes a new (replacement) runway and additional taxiway. In addition, a new 1,300-space parking garage is now partially open, and will fully open in coming weeks.

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