|Seat capacity varies across small market airports. Photo: Wikipedia
[Avionics Today 09-10-2014] While there was a 6.8 percent increase in seat capacity across all small market airports, the smallest airports weren’t so lucky, according to study released by ARC detailing the changes to airline capacity at airports serving smaller markets within the United States. The report looked at 411 airports with at least 2,500 annual passenger boardings between the first quarter of 2013 and the same period in 2014 with no one airport accounting for more than 0.25 percent of the total annual U.S. passenger boardings.
According to the study, while seat capacity increased across small markets, 63 percent of the smallest airports saw decreases at an average of 5.4 percent. The airport that saw the largest percentage of increase was Mercer County Airport, N.J., which was up by 653.5 percent, with the largest decrease at Augusta Airport, Maine, down 84.2 percent.