POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 1:20pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The 2012 passenger count at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport exceeded 2011 by 2.06 percent, making it the best year among the past four years.
A total of 826,488 passengers departed or arrived at BTR in 2012. Delta was the top BTR airline with a 39 percent passenger share. United was second at 28 percent, followed by American Eagle at 24 percent and US Airways at 9 percent.
"The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is an important part of the Baton Rouge area economy. Companies considering new markets for expansion rate air service as one of the key determinants in their decisions," stated BTR Director of Aviation, Anthony Marino. "We appreciate the community's support of our air service. Residents using the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport are helping to sustain and potentially expand flights at BTR."
With one of the highest load factors (percentage of seats filled) of any airport in the Gulf Region, additional airline seating capacity will be the key to future passenger growth at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. Although nationwide airline capacity is not expected to expand in 2013, BTR officials anticipate seating capacity growth locally based on future flight schedules.
Delta is scheduled to increase from eight daily roundtrip flights to nine in February 2013, then from nine to ten in March. One of the Delta flights is a 125-seat mainline DC9 jet (including 16 in First Class). United will expand from eight to ten daily roundtrip flights on peak days beginning in mid-February. American Eagle is scheduled to maintain eight daily roundtrip flights, but the airline has begun flying larger regional jets into BTR. US Airways continues to offer three daily roundtrip flights to its Charlotte hub.