Chattanooga Airport stays on record-breaking path

Officials eye more seats, N. Georgia traffic

Staff file photo / Delta associate Sheldon Posey, left, talks to a couple of passengers at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Delta plans to start offering nonstops to New York City in July.

What we've seen here is a number of people coming from North Atlanta. Our fares have been very competitive.

Chattanooga Airport officials are looking at better tapping the North Georgia and North Alabama markets as Lovell Field stays on course to pass last year's record-breaking passenger traffic.

Also, the airport expects to see more airplane seats come into the market this summer and fall as Delta starts nonstops to New York City and airlines schedule bigger regional jets into Chattanooga, said Terry Hart, Lovell Field's chief executive.

Hart said Chattanooga should see up to a 12 percent increase in the number of airline seats later this year, which should help drive more passenger boardings.

Through May, total boardings are 192,625, up 1.7 percent over last year, according to the airport.