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Slight rise in airline passengers at La Crosse airport for start of ’23, but staff shortages have cut down on local travel



Passenger numbers picked up a little at the La Crosse Airport at the start of the new year. In January, 3875 people took scheduled flights through La Crosse, an increase of 136 from December.

But the January total was down 36 per cent from the same month a year ago, when 6027 passengers were counted at the airport. The monthly passenger totals have been below 5000 since October, with airline staffing shortages leading to a cutback in flights, and some ticket prices increasing. are continuing to affect the La Crosse Airport.

Preliminary figures for February show about 3000 travelers at LSE during that month.

The La Crosse terminal had a total of 63,239 passengers in 2022, averaging about 5300 travelers per month. Just before the pandemic hit in early 2020, the airport had two straight years where the passenger total was above 95,000.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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