BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT SEES MORE TRAFFIC, TARMAC DELAYS WORSEN ACROSS U.S.
The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport witnessed more than 2.9 million passengers pass through in 2018 and are continuing to see that number grow this year; a ten percent increase from the previous year.
Last month, the airport set a record of 224,000 passengers coming through, reaching a nearly 16 percent increase over the past year. College football season may be to thank, due to an increase of extra flights and seats added during that time.
The effects of busy air travel are not just being felt in Birmingham, they’re being felt across the nation. According to thepointsguy.com, 2018 was the worst year for tarmac delays in almost a decade. There were also close to 250 flights delayed in the first 11 months of the year, a 49 percent increase from 2017.
Airlines can face fines for delays longer than three hours, however, “fines are rarely levied on air carries,” according to thepointsguy.com.