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Michigan.: Flint's Bishop International Airport Expands

The $6 million dollar project expands the building by 15,000 square feet and adds three airline operations facilities. Northwest Airlines will move their operations into one of the spaces during the next two weeks. Airport Director, Jim Rice, "It had gotten to the point where we were out of airline

operating space. Not only was there no place for new carriers to rent, one of our current tenants, Northwest Airlines, was bursting at the seams. They've been working out of an area that was designed for turboprops. Now, their service is almost entirely jets. This expansion will give them the room that

they need."Bishop International Airport has seen record growth over the last few years. In fact, just within the last month, three of our carriers initiated new service. The first to announce was AirTran Airways. On August third, they announced that nonstop, daily jet service from Flint to Tampa would begin December 17th. They were quickly followed by an announcement from Northwest Airlines that they would begin nonstop, daily jet service to Ft. Lauderdale on December 15th. This was an upgrade from their Saturday-only service. Then, just this week, ATA Connection announced that they would begin nonstop flights to Indianapolis, in addition to their current service to Chicago-Midway, on February 4th.

Bishop Airport's rapid rise in passenger traffic can be directly related to the entrance of AirTran Airways into the market in 1997. The stimulation created by the entrance of AirTran Airways cannot be underestimated. It has stimulated traffic in Flint by more than 100 percent. In 1997, the airport hosted a total of 456,720 passengers. In 2004, more than one million passengers will have utilized the facility.In 2002, another low-cost carrier, ATA Connection, joined AirTran Airways. They brought low fares to Chicago-Midway-service that area businesses had been clamoring for -- and beyond, with new service to Indianapolis quickly on its way.

Bishop International Airport (FNT) is predicted to be the second fastest growing airport in the nation from 2000 to 2010, according to a recent study by Michael J. Boyd of The Boyd Group. Flint also offers the lowest average airfares in the state. Currently, the facility is served by AirTran Airways, with nonstop jet service to Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Atlanta; ATA Connection, with service to Indianapolis and Chicago-Midway; Continental Connection, with Cleveland service; Delta Connection, with jet flights to Cincinnati and Atlanta; Midwest Connect, featuring nonstop service to Milwaukee; Northwest Airlines, with nonstop flights to Minneapolis, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Detroit; and by Funjet Vacations with service to Cancun. For reservations and flight information from Flint, visit our web site at http://www.bishopairport.org

If you would like additional information on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, contact the Bishop International Airport Authority's Director of Marketing and

Public Relations at (810) 235-6560.

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Flint's Bishop International Airport Sets Monthly Passenger Record

Even after Bishop International Airport came in with a record setting enplanement year for 2003 with 952,309 passengers -- up 31.42 percent year over year -- 2004 is already looking even more promising than that. The final numbers are in for February, and FNT was up 41.10% over February 2003 figures. The facility hosted a total of 105,082 passengers. This tops the previous record of 92,726 monthly passengers, which was just set in December of 2003.

All of Bishop Airport's airlines showed growth year-over year.

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CONTACT: Pat Corfman, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of

Bishop International Airport Authority, +1-810-235-6560 ext. 120, or Pager:


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