August Was Record-Breaker For Watertown AirportPosted: Updated:
The Watertown International Airport has seen quite a facelift over the last several years, and now it's producing record-breaking numbers.
In August, 5,244 people flew in and out of the airport - a record number.
"It's a beautiful facility and that's the one thing - we have to make it a great customer experience and that's proven out," said Phil Reed, county legislator.
Compared to last August, the number of people flying in and out of Watertown is up 48 percent.
"I was surprised at how small Watertown was, but it was seamless. Flew right in, hopped right off and here we are," said Leah Hedge, passenger.
The airport committee has pursued a number of grants to make improvements. One of them is a $2.1 million project coming up to renovate the apron, where planes are boarded and refueled - all part of the growing business plan.
"It's what we were hoping to achieve when we took the airport over. It's great to see the community reacting to the investments in the airport," said Reed.
Reed says the increase in traffic and new projects are a step in the right direction.
"Back when we took it over, it looked like a long way off, and it might be, but this is what we were trying to achieve," he said.
There's one thing to point out about the spike in passengers: in August, the airport introduced jets to carry more people.