Holiday travel highs for Baton Rouge airport

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 7:29pm

BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Holiday travel is hitting its peak right now, and that means big business for airports. The Baton Rouge Metro Airport is already impressing the rest of the nation, while out-performing last year's totals by record numbers.

Airport officials expect 15 percent more passengers on it's planes this holiday season than last year's. That big boost could help the Metro end 2010 with a double digit jump over last year's numbers. The airport added US Airways service back in June which helped get its stats off the ground. The extra carrier stirred up competition on the tarmac, bringing more bargain flyers to Baton Rouge.

"It was cheaper than Lafayette, but not as cheap as New Orleans, but not worth traveling all the way to New Orleans for," says Lindsay Kiely, who was headed to Toronto for the holidays.

"It's kind of a slow time in the economy of course, and most airports are probably flat over year, so if we can have a ten percent increase or close to it, that's pretty significant," says Jim Caldwell with the Metro Airport.

Last year, just over 700 thousand people flew out of the Baton Rouge airport. They expect to beat that by about 100 thousand travelers this year.

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