HAYS, Kan. (AP) Hays Regional Airport says it recorded the most passenger boardings in its history in 2011.
City Manager Toby Dougherty says the 10,912 passenger boardings will qualify the airport for up to $1 million in federal funding for improvements. The numbers were a 17.3 percent increase from 2010.
Dougherty attributed the increase to an aggressive marketing campaign and an improving economy.
The Hays Daily News reports that Dougherty says complaints about Great Lakes Airlines customer service had declined, thanks to a new manager for the regional air service provider.
He says runway reconstruction likely will begin late spring or early summer. The airport will remain open during the reconstruction.