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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- Indicating a stronger local economy, Chattanooga Airport on Monday reported a jump in January passenger boardings over a year ago, as well as a big rise in air cargo.

While January is typically one of the slowest months at the airport, officials lauded the growth.

"It's economic development in the community," Terry Hart, the airport's interim chief executive, told the Airport Authority in a meeting.

Boardings for the month climbed to 22,468 passengers, up 8 percent over January 2011. Allegiant Air boarded 37.3 percent more passengers in the month, airport officials said.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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