EUGENE, ORE. -- For the second year in a row, the Eugene Airport is on track to exceed one million passengers.
For the last eight years, the Eugene Airport has seen an increase in passengers.
Tim Doll, the director of the airport, said they have already already served an estimated 560,000 passengers from the beginning of the year to the end of June.
He said they have already had more passengers this year compared to last year at this time and have increased 15 percent from this time last year.
He attributes the rising numbers to their recent expansion, their addition of flights and a strong economy which means people can spend more money to travel.
Even with the success, Doll said their focus is still making sure they are making it easy for passengers to travel.
"We've been really busy out here, but we love it,” Doll said. “We still want to provide customer service that we've been providing for the last 10 or 11 years. So we don't want that to go away because we want to be a convenient and easy airport for the public to use. We know people get frustrated when they have long lines. So we're working with TSA and the airlines to make sure the lines are short enough to where it doesn't cause any issues with our passengers."
Doll said they expect 1.1 to 1.5 million passengers to go through their gates by the end of the year and expect to eclipse the one million passenger mark by mid-November.
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