Today on WJBC: Air travel news at CIRA
News from WJBC News:

Central Illinois Regional Airport plans to announce new flights coming to Bloomington-Normal this May, apparently timed to replace the soon-to-depart AirTran/Southwest service at CIRA. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

BLOOMINGTON – WJBC’s on-air schedule Tuesday takes flight with Illinois’ treasurer and then an update from Bloomington-Normal’s airport.

Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a Chenoa Republican, will join WJBC’s Scott and Colleen at 7:15 a.m.

At 9:10 a.m., Judy Brucker from the Child Protection Network talks with WJBC’s Patti Penn.

Central Illinois Regional Airport Deputy Director for Marketing Fran Strebing stops in to see WJBC’s Beth Whisman at 1:10 p.m. to discuss the airport’s morning announcement about new flights coming to Bloomington-Normal.

Dawn Riordan, director of the Normal Theater, chats with Beth at 1:40 p.m. about the upcoming schedule at the uptown movie house.

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City air travel grew little in ’11
News from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

– Air travel at Fort Wayne International Airport saw only minimal growth in 2011, but officials countered that maintaining level activity is a sign of success in a skittish industry and economy.

Total departing passengers grew by 0.3 percent last year over 2010, according to data released at Monday’s Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority board meeting. The total was 4.4 percent higher than in 2009.

Dave Young, the airport’s vice president of air service development, said the airport had its best fourth quarter since 2007, and total air service mirrored that of 2006. It would be difficult to increase total passengers leaving the city – the statistic most often used to measure an airport’s health – without also adding more flights, according to Young.

He said in December flights leaving the Summit City were 77 percent full and Allegiant Airlines flights were 97 percent packed.

“We’ve got need here,” he said. “We need seats.”

Getting added service, however, will be difficult as airlines battle rising fuel prices and an uncertain national economy. Young said airlines are simply not adding flights without also eliminating them. Other airports are seeing several flights end, while Fort Wayne is able to at least maintain what it can offer passengers.

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