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The plane truth: Huntsville International soaring to new heights in air travel

HUNTSVILLE – Huntsville International Airport had a record 2023. However, at the current pace, the regional home for a handful of carriers will pass those numbers with flying colors.

The airport shattered all passenger traffic records in March, marking its busiest month ever while seeing double-digit increases in passenger numbers and seating capacity. The updated statistics were released Wednesday. 

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 “Our airline partners American, Delta, United, Breeze and Silver have stepped up their capacity to serve our customers, and our community has responded,” said Trey Bentley, board chair for the Port of Huntsville, of which Huntsville International Airport is an operating entity. “We are elated that 2023 was our best year on record, and we anticipate that the airport will outpace that in 2024.” 

Huntsville International Airport (HSV) was recently recognized as the No. 2 Best Small Airport in the U.S. and served more than 1.47 million passengers in 2023. Huntsville is the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama and is the state’s largest city. 

According to HSV, Delta Air Lines recently committed to serving Huntsville with more large, mainline equipment and added another daily flight to Atlanta. American Airlines added greater frequency to its already robust schedule from HSV, putting on more daily flights to Washington-National, Dallas and Charlotte.

United likewise tripled daily flights to Washington-Dulles, adding a whopping 205% more seats available to HSV travelers. Breeze Airways, the airport’s newest carrier, focuses on nonstop service and has added twice-weekly seasonal service to LAX (Los Angeles) for the summer. 

“It’s because our community has supported this additional capacity that our airport is growing,” said Butch Roberts, Huntsville International Airport CEO. “In March, we saw 137,372 passengers fly through the airport, 16% more than last year at this time. For the first quarter of 2024, our seat capacity was up 13% compared to March 2023.”

Roberts said October 2023 was the previous record-holder with 136,185 travelers through HSV.

“We are so appreciative of our community’s support in making March the best-ever month for Huntsville International,” Roberts said.

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