Columbia Regional Airport sees increase in passengers
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Passenger numbers at the Columbia Regional Airport are taking off, prompting airport officials to discuss ways to handle the growth.
The Airport Advisory Board was told Wednesday that 53,080 passengers used the airport in 2014, about 10,000 more than the previous year and the most since 1987. That continues a turnaround that began after the airport recorded steady declines in passengers between 1989 and 2007.
This Columbia Missourian reports the airport introduced two 65-seat CRJ-700 jets this week, which will increase passenger capacity by 30 seats a day.
The advisory board also discussed possible upgrades to the airport's terminal, which was built in 1968. But board members were divided on whether passenger numbers had to increase more before a new terminal was built.