Flying high: Akron-Canton airport breaks record

12:33 AM, Dec 29, 2012   |    comments
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NORTH CANTON -- The deals are always flying by at Akron Canton Airport. Now more than ever, people are taking notice. 

For the past three years, they've continued to break their own records on the amount of customers serviced.  Business is up 11 percent from last year. 

Cleveland native Jennifer Johnson flies CAK.

"It's smaller but you can get through everything a lot quicker than Cleveland Hopkins," said Johnson. "Once AirTran started docking its station ,that's when I started going."

Turns out, a lot of people are getting to where they want to go from Akron Canton.

The 11 percent increase in traffic is greatly attributed to their low fares.

"Our average fare is $100 less than Hopkins, maybe $40 to $50 less than from Pittsburgh or Columbus," said VP of Marketing Kristie VanAuken.

For passenger Bradley Lemmon, it's all about convenience.

"This is closer, shorter drive... we walked all the way in, checked our bags ready for our flight," said Lemmon. 

This year, about 1.8 million customers have flown in and out. Their traffic alone has sustained and created jobs throughout the hub. 

For instance, Southwest Airlines "jumped from about 40 employees to 75, so nearly a 100 percent increase for people for Southwest Airlines here," VanAuken said. 

WKYC-TV

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