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Great Falls airport increases passenger numbers by 14 percent

Great Falls airport increases passenger numbers by 14 percent

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GREAT FALLS — An official at Great Falls International Airport says passenger traffic is growing at a "blistering pace."

Airport Director John Faulkner tells the Great Falls Tribune that more than 83,000 passengers passed through the airport during the first three months of 2012.

Faulkner says that's a 14 percent increase from the same period last year.

In 2011 the airport surpassed 340,000 annual passengers for the first time in its history.

Faulkner says the growth is due to a continuing surge of Canadian travelers using the Great Falls airport and lower ticket prices from more Allegiant Air flights and an announcement by Frontier Airlines that it will add service starting May 14.

He says that after Frontier's announcement, ticket prices to Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago dropped more than 50 percent.

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