Akron-Canton Airport Celebrates Busiest August Ever, Beats 2011 Record

Sep 28, 2012, 09:38 ET from Akron-Canton Airport

17th consecutive record-breaking month

GREEN, Ohio, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Passenger traffic continues to soar at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK). With the addition of Southwest Airlines, the airport marked its busiest August in history with passenger traffic surging 10 percent compared to August 2011. For the month, 169,079 passengers flew in/out of CAK. That figure surpasses our previous best August (2011) by 15,103 and also marks the 17th consecutive monthly record. Year-to-date passenger traffic is up 11 percent compared to the first eight months of 2011.  

"Customers are at the center of every decision we make at CAK," said Rick McQueen, president and CEO. "It is our honor to welcome more and more of them each month. Plus, with the addition of Southwest Airlines at CAK and the extra flights offered by Delta and US Airways, we expect to continue breaking monthly records well into 2013."

Passenger traffic was up on all airlines serving the airport. AirTran Airways (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) offering nonstop service to Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Myers, Atlanta, New York, and Boston increased 2 percent compared to August 2011 carrying 72,339 total passengers. Southwest Airlines, which started service on August 12, 2012 with nonstop service to Chicago Midway and Denver, carried 10,435 passengers. US Airways, with flights to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (Reagan), increased by 17 percent. Frontier Airlines flying nonstop to Denver was up 11 percent compared to last year. United with flights to Chicago O'Hare and Delta, flying to Atlanta and Detroit, were up 11 percent and 5 percent respectively. 

About Akron-Canton Airport
What makes Akron-Canton Airport a better way to go? It is all about low fares and a relaxing experience. Our low airfares have saved travelers in Northeast Ohio $958 million in the last 16 years. CAK was ranked as the 11th most affordable airport in the U.S. and the top in the state of Ohio, according to a June 2012 study from CheapFlights.com for the third consecutive year. The airport is also making significant progress on CAK 2018, the airport's 10-year, $110-million capital improvement plan. 2012 projects include a new aircraft rescue and firefighting maintenance facility and more parking. Keep up to date on all things CAK at akroncantonairport.com. You also can join the conversation about CAK and your travels at Facebook.com/akroncantonairport or Twitter.com/CAKairport.  Akron-Canton Airport, a better way to go®.

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