David Crowder at the El Paso Inc. reports this week that airline passenger traffic has dropped twenty percent over the last ten years.
Since 2006, El Paso International Airport has lost the equivalent of of the city’s population that year — 600,000 — in terms of the number of airline passengers who arrived and departed.
That year, airlines carried 3.4 million passengers to and from El Paso. By last year, the number had fallen by almost 625,000 passengers according to the airport’s statistics, to 2.8 million.
But don’t worry.
“We have lost a lot of seats, but a lot of communities have lost more,” said Jeff Schultes, the airport’s assistant director.
So don’t be such a Debbie Downer. At least you’re not in a civil war, like those people in Syria. You don’t know how good you’ve got it.
El Paso’s hotels, particularly those near the airport, look at those numbers and worry.
“This scares the hell out of me,” said Rick LaFleur, general manager of the 273-room Airport Wyndham Hotel and president of the El Paso Hotel-Motel Association.
But hey. It’s all good.