The latest passenger numbers for the Tallahassee International Airport (TIA) show why it is important that local officials continue to aggressively pursue JetBlue.
The numbers for January, 2016 show a 5.9% decrease in passenger traffic from January, 2015. The number of passengers decreased from 49,152 during last January to 46,244 this year.
You have to go back five years to January, 2011 to find fewer passengers traveling through TIA in January.
The graph below shows the annualized number of passengers for the last 12-months. Annualized number of passengers is calculated by summing the previous 12 months of traffic.
Except for growth in October and November, passenger traffic has been on a steady decline over the last 12 months.
The move to attract JetBlue is an attempt to provide lower cost options for those travelers that drive to Jacksonville, Orlando or Tampa for lower fares.