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Air traffic at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport continued to gain altitude during the first two months of 2018, according to the local air traffic control tower.

Takeoffs and landings hit 1,690 and 1,613 in January and February 2018 respectively, compared to 1,613 and 1,346 during the same two months of 2017.

“The increase of 20% in February comes on the heels of a whopping 67% increase in January,” commented Stephanie Morgan, Airport Manager.  “That looks pretty good compared to the decreases of last year this time when 2017 showed a decrease of 52% and 41% for the same two months.

General aviation traffic accounted for a large increase, disputing the common myth that the private side of the market is dying.  Corporate, private, and recreational flight hit 1,248 in January, 1,202 in February 2018 compared to 604 and 971 operations for the same two months of 2017.

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport provides quick, cost-effective, convenient air service for North Central Idaho, Southeastern Washington, and Northeastern Oregon.  Daily flights are available to Seattle, Boise, and Salt Lake City with connections anywhere in the world.