Portland jetport's passenger traffic up slightly

9:53 AM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Passenger numbers at the Portland International Jetport have slowly started to climb after four consecutive years of declines.

There was a 1.4 percent increase in passengers passing through the jetport in the first six months of this year when compared to the same time-period last year.

Portland's passenger traffic is ahead of the national figure, which increased by about 0.3 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the year-ago period.

Jetport director Paul Bradbury tells The Portland Press Herald  that although modest, the gains are good news. He says the region does not have a lot of population growth, so the goal is to capture a larger share of the market.

The jetport is owned and operated by the city but is funded without taxpayer revenue.

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