Second Busiest Month Ever for Airport

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Tue, September 11 2012 at 6:39 PM, Updated: Tue, September 11 2012 at 6:54 PM

For people like Melanie Wilcher, hopping on a plane and getting away is a priority.

"I do travel a lot. I love it," said Wilcher.

Apparently others love it too, because officials at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport say they saw the second busiest month ever.

"July was the best month we've ever had and I thought August would be good, but when it came within eight people of matching July, we're just thrilled," said Airport Director, Bern Case.

In August, 66,380 passengers walked into the airport and onto a plane.

"When you look at the numbers...a passenger either went through screening or went through those rotating doors an average of every 40-seconds, 24 hours a day," said Case.

Case says they're 2.5 percent up from 2011 and he suspects it could be attributed to more destinations that are now available.

"Allegiant air has pretty good rates," said Debra Chase, a Central Point resident.

People are packing up their bags and heading out even while the tough economy sticks around.

"I'm doing it despite the bad economy. Yeah, I've saved up for a while," said traveler, Karen Stout.

Meantime, travel agencies we spoke with say business is up 15%-25%. While more people are traveling, experts say we're still not back to pre-recession levels.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.

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