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March 6, 2019

Bangor airport reports record year, picks up new Delta service

Courtesy / Bangor International Airport
Courtesy / Bangor International Airport
Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso announced a record-breaking year in 2018.

Weeks after Portland International Jetport announced it had its all-time busiest year in 2018, Bangor International Airport has announced that 2018 was a record-breaker there, too.

Both facilities are expanding domestic flights, with Bangor International Airport announcing Tuesday that Delta Airlines would reintroduce service from Bangor to Detroit Metro Airport on June 8 and Portland announcing last month that United Airlines will start seasonal service to Denver this spring.

In 2018, Bangor International Airport saw more than 600,000 passengers, which translates to a 10% increase over 2017 traffic, according to a March 5 news release.

January through October all proved to be record-breaking months, bringing 2018 higher than either of the prior two years, which each had broken traffic records at the Bangor airport.

"We are grateful to be part of such a wonderful community that understands the value of our airport and the vital role that Bangor International Airport plays in the local economy," Airport Director Tony Caruso said in the release. "We also are thankful to our employees who continue to provide the best customer service in the business, and the proof is the record numbers we keep seeing year after year."

Last month, the Portland International Jetport announced that more than 2.13 million passengers used the jetport in 2018. Overall traffic was up 14.6% year-over-year, surpassing the previous record 1.86 million passengers in 2017.

More domestic service

Delta's seasonal service from Bangor to Detroit Metro Airport that begins on June 8 will fly Saturdays through Aug. 10, with hopes to expand in 2020 if supported by passenger traffic. Bangor last had service to Detroit in November 2016..

Delta also offers daily nonstop service from Bangor to New York's LaGuardia airport, Philadelphia and Reagan National in Washington, D.C.

In Portland, United Airlines' nonstop seasonal weekend service to Denver will run from June 8 through Labor Day, providing easy connections through Denver to popular West Coast destinations.

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