- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Traffic is up at New Mexico’s largest airport.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2jfVZFZ ) that 126,000 more passengers visited Albuquerque International Sunport in 2016 than did the year before. It’s the first time the airport has seen a year-to-year gain since 2007.

Traffic increased by less than one percent and stayed below the 2007 peak. But Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron says any growth is “significant for sure” after eight years of decline. He attributed the growth to an improving economy.

Figures released this week show that the Sunport saw 4.87 million passengers in 2016, up from 4.75 million in 2015. The facility’s high is 6.7 million passengers in 2007.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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