After officials at Norfolk International Airport reported record-breaking numbers of passengers served in July, they’ve now said traveler activity is up in August as well.
Airport officials reported August stats in a news release Tuesday and said compared to 2018, Norfolk saw an increase of more than 260,000 passengers from January to August this year — up by more than 11 percent.
In August alone there was more than an 8 percent increase in passenger activity compared to August 2018, officials said.
After they reported July’s historic numbers, Robert Bowen, Norfolk International Airport Authority executive director, attributed the increase to the combination of a thriving economy and expanded airline capabilities.
Also at that time, Charles Braden, a spokesman for Norfolk International Airport, said the Active Air Service Development program works to continue increasing numbers by “[connecting] with airlines on a continuous basis to communicate opportunities for growth in Norfolk.”
In August Braden said, “We compete with hundreds of commercial service airports to attract increasing airline services by advocating on behalf of the community to highlight what Norfolk has to offer.”
While the number of passengers increased this year, airport officials reported a more than 6 percent decrease in cargo pounds shipped in August compared to shipments in August 2018.
Norfolk International Airport served more than 3.6 million passengers in 2018 and its passenger activity ranked in the top 13 percent of commercial service airports in the U.S. by the Federal Aviation Association, officials said.