Roanoke airport sees 6 straight months of increased traffic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) More people are flying from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

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Passenger traffic in February of this year was up compared to February of last year. It makes six straight months of monthly year-over-year increases. That adds up 22,000 more people through the terminal. Airlines are noticing and may add seats which typically brings lower fares.

"When you have additional capacity in the market there are just more of those low fares available," Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Director of Marketing and Air Service Development Brad Boettcher said. "And as we ask for capacity that's one of those reasons not only to move the additional demand but, to put that downward pressure on prices to hopefully stimulate even more demand ."

Some aspects of the airport are getting a facelift as well. The old jet bridges that connect passengers inside the terminal to the planes are about to be replaced. Those should be ready to go by early summer.

Overall, Boettcher said this is a good indicator of good things to come for passengers.

"In the last 6 months, we've moved just over 22,000 more people through the facility than we had in the previous year," Boettcher said. "So we're very excited about that and again as those numbers continue to trend upwards that really does get the carriers attention."