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August traffic was up 3.5% year over year at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

Roanoke VA., September 25, 2017 – August saw the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport post a 3.5% increase in passengers on a year over year basis. Year to date traffic at the airport has increased 2.8% compared to 2016. Year to date 400,700 passengers have flown via ROA.  

Strong community support, additional flights, increased capacity, and improved airline operational reliability have all played roles in the continuation of passenger growth, which began in September of 2016. August 2017 saw 3.5% growth over August 2016. August 2017 was the eleventh month in the last twelve that the airport has seen growth in traffic on a year over year basis. The airport is currently on track to have its busiest year since 2012.

“We are pleased to see this positive trend continue through the summer of 2017,” stated Timothy T. Bradshaw, A.A.E., executive director of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission.  “Passenger demand is a critical factor when speaking with airlines regarding improving and increasing air service to our region.  Our carriers have added capacity at ROA and our customers have utilized it. We appreciate the support of our community choosing to fly ROA.”

The Commission continually works with the airlines to improve reliability, reduce air fare and upgrade equipment serving the region.  This has played a significant role in the increase of passengers using the airport.  In addition, the commission has invested resources to promote the services available at ROA and sincerely thanks our customers for choosing to fly ROA.



The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is the primary airport for Virginia’s Blue Ridge.  ROA serves over 600,000 passengers per year via 4 airlines (American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air) with nonstop service to 6 (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, and Washington Dulles) hub cities as well as weekly flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. To learn more, please visit