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GSP sees record number of fliers in Southwest's first year

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An airplane is parked at a terminal at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. (File/FOX Carolina) An airplane is parked at a terminal at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport experienced a record number of passengers during Southwest Airline's first year in operation at the airport.

Officials said Friday that between March 2011 and February, which was the first year Southwest flew out of the airport, passenger traffic grew to more than 1.8 million.

The boost in travel is credited to not only the discount airline's arrival, but also a strong competitive response from the other carriers at GSP, officials said.

"The Southwest effect here in the Upstate has been tremendous," said GSP Airport District President and CEO Dave Edwards. "This community has really shown Southwest Airlines what the Upstate is all about."

Officials said that since Southwest began flying out of GSP, the airport has seen a 40 percent increase in passenger traffic each month. They said nearly every airline operating at the airport has seen significant increases in fliers.

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