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Chattanooga airport announces record growth in 2014

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga Airport officials announced the regional airport saw customer growth in 2014, with a record-breaking 352,459 total enplanements for the year, a 14 percent increase over 2013.

Prior to 2014, the highest record of passenger boardings in Chattanooga Airport history was 311,204 in 1993. 

“We knew in November that we were setting a new record and hoped the final numbers would be near 350,000. “But surpassing 352,000 far exceeded our expectations,” said Terry Hart, airport president 

The Airport Authority attributes the rise in customers to several factors including airport convenience, competitive airfares, introduction of larger aircraft, and the continued strong economic development in the region. 

“We experienced many significant changes in 2014. Not only did we complete a $7.2 million terminal renovation during which we addressed customer concerns about concessions and WiFi, but we also saw the reintroduction of Delta mainline aircraft which added more seats into our market, and placed a greater emphasis on flight reliability.," said Hart.

“Chattanooga has continued to see steady economic growth over the last several years and has truly become a destination for business development as well as a haven for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.  Our city's focus on technology, the Volkswagen expansion and the annual IRONMAN triathlon are just a few of the developments drawing new people to Chattanooga regularly and many of those people are using the Chattanooga Airport," said Dan Jacobson, Chairman of the Airport Authority Board.

Airport officials expect 2015 to be another positive year, citing an increase in the scheduled number of daily departures, and insist their focus will remain on improving the customer experience. 

“This year we are focused on improving customer parking, with expanded lots, covered walkways throughout and new parking equipment,” said Hart. 
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