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Building Back Air Traffic To Pre-Pandemic At Chattanooga Airport

Passengers line up to check their luggage at Chattanooga Airport in June 2022.
Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga Times Free Press
Passengers line up to check their luggage at Chattanooga Airport in June 2022.

Passenger boardings at the Chattanooga Airport rose nearly 15 percent last year over 2021.

The boardings by 432,312 passengers last year are 21.9 percent below the all-time annual mark before the pandemic - more than half a million boardings in 2019 - but the trajectory for air traffic to return to that level is sharp and clear.

Mike Pare is deputy business editor at The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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