- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire have reported another decline in passengers for the 13th year.

The airport says there were 123,000 fewer passengers in 2018 compared to 2017, a 6.2 percent decrease.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports much of the loss is due to a decrease in passengers on the airport’s largest carrier, Southwest Airlines.

Airport Director Ted Kitchens says the decrease is a reflection of larger changes in the aviation industry. He says he plans to meet with Southwest officials in the coming weeks to convince them to add flights back to the airport.

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig tells WMUR-TV recent commitments to increase air service from American Airlines and United Airlines will have a positive impact on the airport.

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