Portland Jetport sets record for passenger use

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PORTLAND — Passenger traffic at the Portland International Jetport continues to take off, as a record year for use was recorded in 2017.

“Spurred on by a strong summer tourism season, and its airline partners adding additional off-peak flights, the Jetport recorded 1,862,213 passengers. This is an increase of 4.2 percent over 2016, which saw 1,786,942 passengers,” Assistant Airport Director Zachary Sundquist said in a Feb. 27 press release.

Sundquist said the record-breaking totals were attributable in part to added flights from Portland to cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Jetport now has nonstop flights to 14 cities offered by six airlines, Sundquist said, a reason people in Maine are also choosing it over other regional airports.