While many American airports are seeing a decrease in business Tyler’s Pounds Field is staying busy. After a recession-caused decline in incoming and outgoing flights lasting several years the airport is rebounding.
In 2008 and 2009 Tyler had a 3.06% increase in activity while Abilene Regional Airport dropped 7.42%, Dallas Love Field lost 8.61% and College Station’s Easterwood Field declined 9.46%.  Airport Manager Davis Dickson can see the causes.
“While Tyler did feel the effects of the recession and noticed a decrease in activity at the airport, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport fared well compared to other regional airports across the state,” he said.  “In 2010 Tyler Pounds saw an increase in activity and monthly numbers.  For January 2011 they are the highest they have been in the past three years.”
Between 2009 and 2010 the airport’s business jumped .40%, and almost 1% overall between January 2009 and January 2011.  There are currently about 150,000 travellers passing through the airport yearly.  There was a .99% increase in the number of cars rented, and a jump of .95% in fuel flowage between 2009 and 2010.
The airport hosts American Buy Online Eagle Airlines serving DFW Airport, and Continental Connection Airlines serving Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport with more than six flights daily.  In 2007 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) named Tyler Pounds Airport of the Year for the state of Texas.
In 2002 a new, $17.6 million terminal opened, funded in part by the FAA and partly by a half cent sales tax.  This improved passenger flow, streamlined airline operations areas, modernized car rental procedures, utilized proactive planning to streamline future aviation needs, and added security measures.  Also in 2007 the airport installed jet bridges to further strengthen security and passenger safety.