Since Silver Airways started flying out of Macon in April, Middle Georgia Regional Airport Manager Doug Faour says passenger numbers have taken off.
"We've seen it increase for the first time in nearly ten years, so it's pleasant to see passengers returning to the airport," he says.
Silver Airways replaced Georgia Skies and offers flights to Atlanta and Orlando. In 2012, Georgia Skies was averaging around two passengers per flight. Faour says Silver Airways is averaging about seven.
He says, "In fact, last month we had the highest number of enplanements we've had in a single month since 2008." That number is 202.
The U.S. Department of Transportation pays Silver Airways $1.9 million a year for the Macon to Atlanta service as long as it can maintain an average of at least ten passengers per day.