Fewer travelers, less flights hurt El Paso airport

Posted at: 04/28/2013 10:33 AM
By: The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A decline in passengers and route cancellations at El Paso International Airport amid tough economic times have city officials scrambling to find ways to attract more travelers and flights.

The El Paso Times on Sunday reported aviation officials cite a 15 percent decline in number of passengers since 2010.

Dallas-based Southwest Airports Co., the carrier with most flights serving the airport, has announced that its direct flights to San Diego will be canceled.

Southwest recently dropped nonstop service from El Paso to Albuquerque, N.M. El Paso leaders say the West Texas city has a number of federal agencies.

City officials have spoken with Southwest and plan to meet with other carriers to try to secure additional routes, such as direct service to the Washington, D.C. area.

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