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Capital Region International Airport sees 19 percent increase in passengers during 2017

Monday, February 12, 2018  
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Capital Region International Airport (LAN) is crediting the new American Airlines service and an increase in both domestic and international charter flight schedule for the increase in total passengers during 2017.
A total number of 384,383 passengers utilized the Lansing airport, which is a 19.2 percent increase over 2016. This is the highest number of passengers since 2014.
“We’re pleased that after all the hard work to secure additional flights from LAN, the new service was greeted with such support by mid-Michigan travelers,” said Wayne Sieloff, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority.
Also, LAN saw a 5.6 percent increase in 2017 air cargo traffic, with a total of 48.7 million pounds processed at the airport.  LAN is a Michigan hub for UPS Air Cargo operations.
The statistics also highlight the importance of American Airlines’ bid for federal approval to continue its daily nonstop service between LAN and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., Sieloff said.
In 2016, American Airlines was granted a slot exemption at DCA that allows it to operate flights from LAN into DCA. In January, American asked the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to extend the slot exemption which provides the right to take off or land at DCA where operations are limited. 
Capital Region International Airport (LAN) officials last month kicked off a campaign to rally community support for American’s bid to continue LAN/DCA service. Supporters of the plan are encouraged to submit letters to the FAA and USDOT. You can learn more about how to make your voice heard by visiting
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