The Central Illinois Regional Airport had a challenging year without AirTran. Passenger traffic dropped 11.7% from 2012. More than 428,000 passengers went through the Bloomington facility. That's down nearly 57,000 passengers. Airport officials say new services such as Frontier to Denver and Allegiant to Orlando-Sanford have done well, but the airport does not have the same inventory to sell as under AirTran. CIRA administrators say the good news is the Frontier to Denver route has reduced fares in that direction by 28% in much the same way as AirTran historically kept fares to the east and south affordable for flyers. Florida traffic other than Orlando, they say, has suffered because Delta no longer has to compete with AirTran to Tampa, Fort Myers, and Sarasota. The airport also notes American has added a second flight to Dallas-Fort Worth on the strength of earlier results and the promise of more State Farm Insurance business traffic to its Dallas hub.
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