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AVL sets passenger record again

The number of passengers using Asheville Regional Airport set a new high in May, extending the airport's record as one of the fastest growing airports in the country for 18 consecutive months. The growth is continuing, the airport said in a news release.


May numbers indicate the highest monthly passenger counts in the history of the airport. In total, AVL served 143,695 passengers in the month of May. First quarter passenger numbers were up 45 percent compared to last year, and May 2019 numbers were up 46 percent from May 2018.

"The airport's growth has been unprecedented, and we can see that momentum continuing each month," said airport Executive Director Lew Bleiweis. "Our region's travelers have been committed to utilizing their local airport. Moreover, Asheville has become a bustling tourist destination, and airlines have responded by adding seats to the market."