See how much Baton Rouge flight traffic changed this Thanksgiving

Sunday, 03 December 2017, 06:02:26 PM. A lot more people flew through Baton Rouge for Thanksgiving this year compared to the holiday period last year, Baton Rouge Metro Airport officials say.

A lot more people flew through Baton Rouge  for Thanksgiving this year compared to the holiday period last year, Baton Rouge Metro Airport officials say.

Departure numbers were up 11 percent over 2016 between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after, the airport noted in a news release. Bigger planes have begun serving Baton Rouge, leading to more seating capacity, officials wrote.

"The majority of BTR flights are now operated with larger, dual-class regional jets or mainline aircraft," the release states.

Larger jets with more seats and fare options have brought American Airline's capacity up nearly 14 percent this November, Airport Director Ralph Hennessy wrote in a statement.

"We need to show American, Delta, and united that the community will fill larger aircraft at BTR," he continued.

Between arrivals and departures, 641,169 travelers flew through Baton Rouge as of the end of October, officials reported. That number is up four percent over the same period last year. Since September 2016, the passenger count rose in 13 of 14 months over the preceding year.

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