Traffic down at Sawyer, new service raises hope

SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials say passenger traffic at the Upper Peninsula's Sawyer International Airport hit a decade low in 2012 but should rebound this year.

The airport is in Marquette County's Sands Township, about 10 miles south of Marquette.

The Mining Journal of Marquette (http://bit.ly/Zlsr7n ) reports that 76,001 flow at the airport last year. It says 133,681 flew there at the peak year of 2007 and 104,985 in 2012.

Officials say there are several reasons for the decline, including airline restructuring, fuel prices, the economy, airport schedules, destinations and ticket prices.

American Eagle recently announced that it will add new midday flights to Chicago in June, and Delta Connections says it's adding a midday trip to Detroit.

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Online:

http://www.sawyerairport.com

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Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net

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