Numbers released by the FAA show travel is up at Yuma International Airport.
Officials say check-ins and boarding passengers is up 15%, meaning nearly 90,000 people flew in and out of the airport in 2014.
Gen Grosse with Yuma International Airport says it’s something that’s needed.
“There is demand for good, reliable, air carrier service here in Yuma,” Grosse says.
The record number of people traveling through the airport gives officials there hope to potentially get more airlines again in the future.
Delta, U.S. Airways, and United once flew from Yuma, and now with the merger of us airway, the new American is what’s taking flight.
“Right now we have one air carrier and in order for us to be attractive for another air carrier we have to show that there are people that want to fly, ” Grosse says “They’re looking at our numbers.. they’re looking to see how many people are traveling with us.”
Officials at the airport say the community is to thank for the growing amount of passengers boarding flights.
Grosse says, “The data that was identified by the FAA is a feather in the cap for not just the airport, but for Yuma as a whole.”
Max Tarlton Reporting.