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Passengers fewer at 2 state airports

The state’s largest airport is on track for its smallest passenger volume in four years.

Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field saw 892,098 passengers through the first 11 months of the year, a nearly 54% fall from the same period in 2019. Last month’s performance was slightly worse with the airport’s passenger levels dropping 56.6% to 84,961.

A spike in covid-19 infections has coincided with another downturn in passenger traffic this month, according to Bryan Malinowski, Clinton National’s executive director.

If the trend holds, the airport likely will have fewer than 2 million passengers for the year. The last time that happened was 2016 when 1,991,504 passengers went through the airport.

Passengers at Northwest Arkansas National Airport at Highfill also continue to be slow to return.

A total of 59,569 passengers went…

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