Bangor International (BGR) and its tenants support more than 1,600 jobs, with an estimated economic impact in excess of $200 million according to Airport Director Tony Caruso.
The statistics formed part of an end of year analysis, in which the airport comfortably broke through the 500,000 annual passenger milestone with a 10.7 percent year-on-year increase to 546,264, also recording eight consecutive record breaking months during 2017.
Attributing the growth to a number of factors, including a 12 percent increase in available airline seats, Caruso praised his extended airport team, saying: “Everyone at BGR contributed to this increase. We have worked hard to provide a more user-friendly passenger environment with the updated Peter R. D’Errico passenger terminal, customer focused staff, more seats and connections and good airline relationships. Bangor is also fortunate to have a supportive community that likes to use its hometown airport and we are very appreciative of that.
“With the newly announced additional summer and fall services to Charlotte, Chicago and New York, we expect 2018, our 50th anniversary year, to be even more successful.”
Other business segments at BGR also did well in 2017, with total operations up on the previous year. Fuel sales were up more than two percent to just over 20 million gallons.