Passenger volume at airport up in first nine months

POSTED: 10/26/12 12:52 PM

St. Maarten – According to the most recent statistics passenger traffic at the Princess Juliana International Airport is up 6.2 percent for the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2011. This growth has been propelled by departing passengers that are up 7.8%. transit passengers are not included in the figures.
The statistics also show that passengers making same-day connections to other Caribbean destinations are up by 23.2 percent. This highlights the importance of the airport’s hub function for the region. Travel between St. Maarten and Saba, Statia, Curacao, and Bonaire is down by 5.5%.
The first quarter started off with a 7.1 percent increase, while growth in the second and third quarter was respectively 4.2 percent and 7 percent. The weakest month of travel for St. Maarten, September saw a significant increase of 18%.
According to Managing Director Regina Labega, the airport expects to see an increase in passenger volume for the year of 7 to 8 percent.
“The traditionally weakest month of the year, September has seen a significant increase in traffic and we believe this bodes well for the remaining part of the year,” Labega said. “The winter season is expected to be very positive.”

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