Although American has operated the same number of flights out of Bob Hope Airport for the past several years, authority figures show a 6.1% drop in seats filled. Nationally, the airline has small increases in capacity and miles traveled by passengers.
“Last year at this time, we were just starting our way upward from arguably the worst part of the recession in late 2009,” Smith said. “You can say we’re still in a hole, but you have to remember what you’re comparing it against.”
Despite the leaner times, airport authority officials say the figures are within what they had budgeted for.
After the first month of increasing parking fees by $1, revenue jumped to $1.57 million, similar to what it was in 2009. But that money has been earmarked to pay for litigation with Lockheed Martin over who should pay for contamination of underground water supplies.