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06/16/04

Busiest Month Ever at Airport

The Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport has hit a milestone. May was the airport's busiest month ever, as more than 90,000 people flew out of Savannah. Quite a few things account for the jump in passengers, including an increase in tourism and business in the area. But one of the biggest things is more major airline carriers are starting to take notice of the Coastal Empire and Low Country.

"We've got a lot more business in the area, so business has picked up, and we've had additional flights added by different carriers," said Bob Uhrich, who's in charge of airport services development.

One new carrier is Independence Air. It used to be Atlantic Coast Airlines operated by United Airlines. But now Independence is branching out on its own, starting its own flights this month.

Today travelers lined up for the fledgling airline's first flight out of Atlanta. Each week, Independence will be opening in large cities from Chicago to New York, but officials say now carriers are starting to sit up and notice the our area.

"I think the Southeast is doing well as far as development, and we're just a part of that growth," said Uhrich.

For a complete list of destinations and the cities Independence has already launched, visit them online.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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