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Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 12:14 pm

Santa Rosa airline travel climbs 4.3% in November


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    SANTA ROSA — A long-term growth trend for commercial air travel at the Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport continued in November, with a greater number of passengers and fuller aircraft than the same month in 2012.

    Alaska Air Bombardier Q400 in flight

    Alaska Air currently serves Santa Rosa with Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft.

    There were a total of 18,334 commercial passengers in November, up 4.3 percent from November 2012, according to the airport’s monthly passenger report.

    Total passenger volume for the first 11 months of 2013 increased 6.5 percent from the same period last year. That is equivalent to more than 98 percent of total inbound and outbound passenger volume in all of 2012.

    Aircraft for the airport’s sole commercial carrier, Alaska Air Group subsidiary Horizon Air, flew at 79 percent average capacity in November. Those aircraft — all the 76-seat Bombardier Q400 — flew at 77 percent average capacity during the same month last year.

    The carrier currently serves four destinations: Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. Sonoma County Airport is also in the early stages of a two year, $53.8 million project to lengthen and realign its two runways to comply with new federal standards.

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