Lynchburg Regional Airport: One Year After Delta Left

Reporter: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - It's been a year since Lynchburg Regional Airport lost Delta Airlines, but the airport hasn't suffered as much as expected.

The passenger count was down just 21% last year compared to 2010.

With more than 145,000 passengers, it was the third best passenger count in 10 years.

Airport officials say it's because of the work to stabilize passenger numbers and strengthen relationships, especially one with U.S. Airways, which offers up to six daily jet departures to Charlotte.

"We were, through a partnership with U.S. Airways, worked with them to be able to see an improvement not in only in the number of flights, but also in the quality of service," said Mark Courtney, airport director.

Courtney says that service included U.S. Airways replacing the turbo-prop aircrafts with 50-seat jets.