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Passenger numbers continue to decline

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Third quarter boarded passenger numbers at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport totaled 418 in 2012, down slightly more than 11 percent when compared to the 470 that boarded during the same time period in 2011. The July, August and September decline continues a negative trend that began in early 2011.

The McCook airport has boarded 1142 total passengers so far in 2012, through September. That number reflects a decrease of 192 passengers when compared to the same time period in 2011 and reflects the lowest number of passengers the McCook airport has seen during the first nine months of the year, in at least the past five years.

The numbers only include passengers from scheduled airline services, not charter, taxi or non-scheduled carrier passengers.

YTD McCook enplaned passengers:

January-September

2012 : 1141

2011 : 1334

2010 : 1362

2009 : 1242

2008 : 1238


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Use it or lose it

-- Posted by dennis on Wed, Oct 24, 2012, at 8:09 AM

If the cost of a ticket was more comparable to driving, people may use it. But when I can drive from Valparaiso, IN (36 miles east of Chicago) to McCook for less than then the price of 1 ticket from Denver to McCook, then adding in the ticket from Chicago to Denver.

Plus the time it takes to get to the airport, check in my bags, get through security, find my wait for my plane, get to Denver, get my bags, check in again, wait some more before the flight to the mccook.

It ends up being just as fast as making the 12 hour drive, and I don't lose my luggage.

Add in my fiance and our daughter, its a no brainer. Driving is more economical by a long shot.

Perhaps if McCook did something to actually promote itself as a destination, such as more events like the storybook festival. Or tried to promote to more business and try to get them to relocate to McCook. Perhaps no only would ticket prices come down, but McCook could quit receiving EAS (taxpayer) funds as the airline would be profitable on its own.

-- Posted by npwinder on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 11:27 PM


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