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SMF Passenger Numbers Highest Since Recession

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Sacramento International Airport, B Gates.

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Sacramento International Airport has recouped passenger numbers that dipped during the recession.

Sacramento County's Director of Airports John Wheat says 10.1 million passengers came through the airport last year.

"We always want more but we were very happy with that because we had experienced about a seven year doldrum with traffic continually going down year after year," says Wheat.

The last time the airport hit the 10 million mark was in 2008. The airport's all-time traffic record of 10.7 million passengers was in 2007.

Wheat says the numbers are back up because the economy is better and because several airlines have recently added daily non-stop flights to Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago. He says projections are for even more passengers this year.

"The carriers, when we look at 2017, the number of seats that they've scheduled through at least the first nine months show a little over five percent increase in the number of seats in our market as well," says Wheat.

He says the airport has enough capacity to accommodate more travelers...so there are no plans to make any major expansions.