(Onslow County) Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ) today announced that preliminary figures for the month of May show the Airport set the all-time record for passengers in a single month. The previous record of 25,607, set in July 2009, was eclipsed in May when 29,192 passengers used Albert J. Ellis Airport.
In response to growing demand, Delta Air Lines is expanding flight options from OAJ to Delta’s Atlanta hub with an additional flight that begins June 10th.
US Airways also increased flight offerings in May with one additional daily flight to their Charlotte hub.
Albert J. Ellis Airport continues to experience significant growth since both Delta and US Airways adjusted fares departing from OAJ to levels more consistent with other airports in the region. Year to date boardings have risen by over 16%, with May experiencing a 31% boost.
Chris White, Albert J. Ellis Airport Director, says, “Lower airfares to and from Albert J. Ellis have had the most dramatic impact on our passenger volume. Frequently passengers are finding fares comparable to, or even lower than, travel to and from other airports in the area.
We have seen an increase in passengers driving from the Wilmington and Morehead City areas to take advantage of Ellis’ lower fares, convenience and first class service.”
Albert J. Ellis Airport is located between Jacksonville and Richlands on NC Highway 111. Owned and operated by Onslow County since 1971, OAJ is served by Delta Air Lines and US Airways with direct service to hubs in Atlanta and Charlotte.
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