TEXARKANA. Ark. - The number of commercial flights from Texarkana Regional Airport to Dallas appear to be inching their way back upward.
Starting next month, the airport, which currently just has one daily flight to Dallas, will resume having two flights to Dallas, as it had earlier this spring.
Last month, the number of daily flights dropped down from two to one a day - with that lone flight taking off at 11:30 a.m. and returning to Texarkana Regional at 7:30 p.m. each day throughout June.
Just prior to COVID-19, the airport had three flights daily and as many as four just prior 2020. Currently the regional airports in both Tyler and Longview are also just down to one fight per day.
Airport Director Paul Mehrlich told Airport Authority Board members Thursday,that American Airlines officials believe commercial passenger traffic may eventually pick back up to four flights per day after mid-summer or least toward this year's end.
Presently, the airport is starting to show some recovery as income from both airport-based car rental services and parking revenue collections are starting to increase . Overall, general aviation air traffic is increasing - including more military aircraft flying in and out of the Twin Cities region.
Such a comeback is being welcomed because the airport experienced a 92% drop in commercial passenger traffic, which started just before March, Mehrlich previously said last month.
In other business, board members listened to and approved an audit report for last year, which showed that the airport had operating revenues amounting to just under $1.3 million. The operating revenue for fiscal 2018 stood at just slightly more then $1.2 million. The airport's property value presently stands at $25 million.