Akron-Canton Airport sets all-time passenger record for third month in a row

Aug 28, 2012, 09:32 ET from Akron-Canton Airport

GREEN, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's a three-peat! For the third consecutive month, Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) is celebrating its busiest month ever. Marking a 65-year monthly passenger record, 172,571 Customers traveled to/from CAK in July, beating out both May and June. Compared to July of last year, the airport hosted 17,800 more passengers in 2012; a twelve percent increase. For the first seven months of the year, 1,046,841 travelers flew to/from CAK, up 12 percent compared with the first seven months of 2011. July 2012 also marks the 16th consecutive month of record-breaking year-over-year passenger traffic.

"Customers continue to be attracted to our low fares and relaxing airport experience," said Rick McQueen, president and CEO. "That's why we are thrilled that Southwest Airlines has landed at CAK, keeping our airfares low. They definitely help make Akron-Canton Airport a better way to go."

AirTran Airways (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines) offering nonstop service to Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, New York, and Boston increased 26 percent compared to July 2011 carrying 92,652 total passengers. Frontier Airlines flying Airbus 320s nonstop to Denver was up 13 percent compared to last year. US Airways, with flights to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (Reagan), increased by 17 percent. United with flights to Chicago O'Hare, increased by 1 percent. Further, Southwest Airlines recently began two daily nonstop trips to Chicago Midway along with replacing AirTran's nonstop flight to Denver. Southwest tickets can only be purchased at southwest.com.

About Akron-Canton Airport

Akron-Canton Airport offers low fares and relaxing experience. Low airfares at CAK have saved $958 million in total airfare savings in the last 16 years for the Northeast Ohio region. 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.

CAK continues to make significant progress on CAK 2018, the airport's 10-year, $110-million capital improvement plan.  A new state-of-the-art security checkpoint and the extension and safety upgrade of runway 5/23 are completed. 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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