Baton Rouge airport sees flight decline

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Baton Rouge is one of many cities across the country that has seen the number of flights in and out of its airport drop over the past few years.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1JtiEby) the city has seen a 13.64 percent decrease in the number of flights at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport when comparing the third week of July this year with the third week of July in 2011.

Airport spokesman Jim Caldwell said while flights are down by 13 percent, seating capacity has decreased only 4 percent. Caldwell says that’s because larger jets now fly into Baton Rouge as opposed to the smaller planes coming in during 2011.

Caldwell says Baton Rouge is lucky that it’s served by American/US Airways, Delta and United with trips to their largest hubs.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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