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August traffic was up 1.06% year over year at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport as 2019 continues trend of strong traffic growth.

Roanoke VA., October 10, 2019 – The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport continues to see 2019 traffic increase with August traffic up 1.06% on a year over year basis. August 2019 saw 58,439 passengers fly via ROA compared to 57,828 in August of 2018 an increase of 611 passengers. Year to date passenger traffic is up 6.93% versus 2018 with 460,144 passengers served this year compared to 430,331 in 2018.

Strong community support, additional capacity, and improved airline operational reliability have all played roles in the continuation of sustained passenger growth, which began in September of 2016. The increase of passengers in August 2019 versus August 2018, equates to 19 more passengers flying ROA each day. Year to date 2019 traffic is up an average of 122 passengers a day versus 2018. At this pace, the airport is on track to have its busiest year since 2000.

“We are pleased to see this positive trend continue into 2019, especially given our strong traffic numbers in 2016, 2017 and 2018,” 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 airfare 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 and the New River Valley. ROA serves over 660,000 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