Passenger traffic at the Quad City Airport declined again last year, continuing a trend that began five years ago. The total number of people flying into, and out of, the airport, dropped about 6,000 from the previous year, or nearly one per cent.
Director of Aviation, Bruce Carter says the numbers are disappointing, but still pretty good. But since 2011, traffic has dropped 13 per cent and he blames the big drop on losing Air Tran service in 2012.
Southwest Airlines bought Air Tran, and dropped its service to many smaller metropolitan areas, including the Quad Cities.