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Denver south! a new terminal, population boom and low-fare Western Pacific have produced a terrific turnaround at Colorado Springs Airport.

COLORADO SPRINGS--Other airports wish they had this facility's problems. With a terminal less than two years old, Colorado Springs Airport already is over capacity. It hosted 1.4 million enplanements last year and indications are the growth trend is not tapering off. In March, the airport recorded its millionth passenger for 1996, four months earlier than last year. And boardings are up for each of the airport's 12 airlines. May was the second-busiest month ever, with 200,976 enplanements, 92% above May, 1994. Nearly 191,000 passengers deplaned here, 83% more than the 104,112 of May, 1995.

Some of the airport's current success can be attributed directly to Western Pacific Airlines, which spawned a new market with low fares that have been matched by other carriers (ATW 8/96). Since WestPac launched operations on April 28, 1995, nonstop flights per day have nearly tripled to more than 30. Northwest provides three daily flights to Minneapolis and Continental, which dropped out of Colorado Springs completely last year, has returned to provide daily service to Houston and Newark. Delta's flights to Cincinnati have been very successful. …

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