LR airport traffic up in first half of year
Business & Farm
— Noel Oman
Passenger traffic at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field in Little Rock rose 43% in the first six months of 2021 compared with the same period a year ago. A total of 698,160 passengers arrived at or departed from the state’s largest airport in the six months ending June 30. In the same period last year, 488,545 passengers went through the airport, according to Clinton National data. The numbers for June were more dramatic. The airport saw 177,353 passengers last month, a 243% jump from the same month in 2020 when just 51,769 passengers went through the airport. The June 2021 passenger total still fell well short of the 212,396 passengers Clinton National saw the same month in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic. Northwest Arkansas National Airport at Highfill also has seen robust passenger growth so far in 2021. A total of 458,088 passengers went through Northwest in the first six months of the year. The figure represented a 17% increase the passenger count in the same period in 2020. June traffic increased 249%, going from 32,914 in 2020 to 114,675 in 2021.