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More travelers flying the sky in Owensboro

There's good news for the Owensboro-Daviess County Airport. More travelers are boarding flights. 

The Owensboro-Daviess County Airport had only 508 boardings four years ago. This year, the airport has had more than 30,000. 

And with that, more passengers means more money coming into the airport.

Janelle Alexander is on her way home to Illinois after spending five days in Owensboro. She says flying directly out of Owensboro is convenient and easy.

"Compared to the one in St. Louis, it's just a lot smaller so you don't feel as many people are watching you. You just come in and come out," Alexander said.

Alexander is just one of more than 30,000 people to fly out of the regional airport this year. The bump in passengers has brought in more funding from the FAA. Airport officials say the airport received more than $2 million when they reached 10,000 passengers.

"One way we have been able to renovate and expand our terminal is through this funding. We wouldn't have been able to do it," said Bob Whitmer, airport director.

Whitmer says the airport has drawn in more passengers by adding new flights from airlines with competitive prices.

They there's also something else on the horizon if the airport can continue to grow.

The airport will receive more funding from the FAA once they reach 50,000 boardings. 

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