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Savannah airport sets new record for passenger numbers

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed 236,923 passengers in May, breaking last month’s record for April of 223,402 and setting an all-time record as the busiest month in SAV history.

After posting its best ever passenger numbers in 2016, the airport is on track to topple that statistic this year, with nearly 1 million passengers through May.

Airport executive director Greg Kelly credited additional flight options from seven airlines for the passenger growth, as the airport reported a 15-percent gain in the number of available seats in May.

Those airlines — Air Canada, Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Sun Country and United — offer 23 destinations with 49 daily nonstop departures to a variety of major cities including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Additional weekly nonstop flights and destinations are offered on a seasonal basis. Of those, Allegiant Airlines notched the highest year-over-year gains, with a 170-percent jump in departing passengers and 167-percent growth in arriving passengers.

The airport, which services Savannah and Hilton Head Island, opened the busy summer travel season with a 16-percent increase for Memorial Day weekend.

Total passenger numbers for the year-to-date are 970,979, up 13 percent over the same period a year ago.

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