Santa Rosa airline flights dodge July glitches

[caption id="attachment_64301" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Alaska Airlines Bombardier Q400 airplane parked at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport terminal[/caption]

SANTA ROSA -- The number of airline travelers going through Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport in July climbed 1.3 percent from a year before, despite a software glitch that led to closing the airport briefly before the busy Fourth of July weekend and sending a few hundred passengers to other airports, according to a monthly report released Monday.

Last month, 22,759 passengers came in and left the airport, up 289 from 22,470 in July of last year, according to a report from Alaska Airlines, the airport's only commercial airline.

Passenger traffic in the first seven months of this year was 131,260, or 2.5 percent higher than that pace last year.

A glitch in the weather software system for Sonoma County Airport led Alaska Airlines to cancel three flights July 2, affecting 381 passengers.

Flights through Santa Rosa last month were the fullest they have been all year, averaging 83 percent occupied. That's up from 81 percent and 80 percent full in May and June, respectively.


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