Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport has best September in history


AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport continues to grow.

Managers announced Thursday that the facility had the best September in its history.

Airport leaders say the month of September is usually an “off month.”

After kids go back to school families aren’t taking vacations and because of budgets some businesses don’t do that much traveling.

From last September until this September, the number of passengers leaving on flights increased 12 percent.

While some flyers say its about convenience others say its the service.

“The people here are super friendly, getting through TSA is so much easier than a lot of other places,” Lynne Charlton of Dallas said.

Last month, a total of 22,987 passengers used the Avoca airport.

That is up 12 percent from 20,526 passengers in September 2017.

“We have phenomenal parking here, in-and-out of security quickly and most importantly for people who live in Luzerne and Lackawanna County you can be home in a half-hour. That’s really something!” airport board member David Pedri said.

With all that growth, there are some slight growing pains.

Airport managers say the parking lots and garages are becoming more crowded.

That hasn’t been too much of a problem yet because demolition of the old airport terminal has created a new “overflow” parking lot that is available.

More fliers also means more visitors picking them up.

Since the TSA checkpoint moved its location earlier this year, the airport’s restaurant and Dunkin Donuts now can’t be accessed by everyone so a “delivery service” has been set up from the baggage claim area.

“We want to make sure that the people who are coming in have access to food just the same,” airport director Carl Beardsley said.

Thursday was the first time Susan Sifonte ever used the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

She says her experience was so positive she plans on coming back.

“I was real, very impressed. I think it was very easy access. The fact that it was not as crowded, I really liked that, apart from coming in from Newark,” Susan Sifonte of Pocono Lake said.

Airport managers say their October numbers could be even better than September.

That is because the new service to the Washington, DC just kicked off on October 4 so they expect even more success.

When people visit the airport, they’ll also have a new display to check out.

The Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapters of the Sports Hall of Fame put new items on display Thursday.

Past and present athletes put medals and trophies on display for visitors to see.

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