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Jamestown Regional Airport sees its highest June passenger boardings in more than 30 years

by Chris Olson

Posted on 7/16/2015

Jamestown Regional Airport had its best June for passenger boardings with 736 boardings, the second-highest amount measured at the airport since SkyWest Airlines began offering commercial passenger service in June 2014.

In February there were 798 passenger boardings for SkyWest, the most passenger boardings at Jamestown Regional Airport since the airline industry was deregulated by the Federal Aviation Administration in 1978. Airport Manager Sam Seafeldt said the airport also had 750 passengers deplaned in Jamestown for June.

"We are having a lot of people move through the airport," he said.

Seafeldt said the increase can be attributed, in part, to positive word of mouth by people flying in and out of Jamestown. He also spent some time this spring on publicizing the airport and the passenger service it offers with local and state media.

Airport Authority members Keith Veil and Jeff Wilhelm said Wednesday they have heard a lot of positive comments from the public, including people who weren''t aware that Jamestown offered commercial jet passenger service.

"It (the increase in passenger boardings) says to me we''re gaining confidence among the public," he said.

Seafeldt said the terminal building is experiencing some growing pains, especially if a flight arrives or leaves late. He said some passengers filed complaints with SkyWest Airlines about some service problems they experienced in the terminal building.

"People complained about toilet paper and soap dispensers in the bathrooms either being out or really low," he said.

Seafeldt said he and Kimberly Mickelson, the airport office manager, are adjusting the janitorial service schedule to avoid those problems.

Seafeldt said he is also getting quotes from companies to have a public-address system installed in the terminal area. There is no system and when announcements need to be made, the information has to be repeated several times. He said it is especially inconvenient when agents at the ticket counter have to keep repeating flight information when there are flight delays. The estimated cost for the public-address system is $5,000.

In other business, the authority heard a report from Steve Aldinger, project engineer, for the airport''s ongoing wetlands mitigation project. The FAA approved a $100,000 grant that will cover the design of the second phase of the project. The second phase will eliminate 25 to 30 acres of wetlands on the airport''s property and create new wetlands on a property further away from the airport. The total project cost for the entire wetland mitigation project is $1.4 million, with most of the funding coming from the federal government.