ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Regional Airport is on pace to break its record for annual passenger traffic yet again.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports ( that airport spokeswoman Tina Kinsey said Tuesday that the number of people flying via the airport was up 19 percent in the first quarter of this year over the same period in 2016 and projections point to a busy summer. Discount carrier Allegiant Air has expanded its service from the airport, and traditional airlines have increased the size of aircraft or increased the frequency of flights.

Construction began last fall on a parking garage, reducing the number of spaces close to the terminal. Kinsey says there is enough parking to meet demand, but it may take longer to secure a spot and get to the terminal this summer.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

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