The trend of non-business-related flights rising, as seen earlier this year, continued through the summer.
The number of flights by planes stored in hangars at the airport dropped from an average of 73 per month to 62 per month during the summer. The four-month summer tally added up to 249, up 3 percent from last year, for the largest number for the period since 2006.
Private planes flying in and out of the airport for non-business related reasons added up to 1,168 from May to September, 12 percent more than a year ago and the largest number for the period in four years. The increase tops the 7 percent rise seen in pleasure flights for the first five months of the year.
In looking at the tally of flights in and out of the airport for June through September, planes flying for Jack Henry and Associates as well as EFCO and its parent company, Pella, recorded 257 take-offs or landings. The count was 36 more than during the preceding five months.
The four-month tally reflected a 9 percent decrease from the same time last year. The January-through-May count reflected a 52 percent decrease, showing the sharp drop in business flights after last year's economy downturn has significantly evened out.
In 2006 and 2007, flights by Monett's two major industrial users of the airport had run around 400 for the same period.
The four-month total for business-related flights in and out of the Monett airport during business hours was 167, two more than the five-month total at the beginning of the year. Compared to a year ago, the tally is down 22 percent for the same months. In both 2007 and 2008, business flights by other companies added up to 214 for the same period.
Total business flights in and out of the Monett airport during weekday business hours from June to September were 424, a drop of 15 percent from last year's pace. The tally from January through May was 386, reflecting a 36 percent drop compared to the previous year.
Total pleasure take-offs and landings on weekday business hours was 1,417 for the summer, bettering the last peak of 1,331 in 2006 and 10 percent better than a year ago. The January-to-May count showed an 11 percent increase.
Total business and pleasure flights for the period, according to the daytime count, added up to 1,841, under the 1,940 record in 2006 but better than every other year since. The tally compared to 1,682 flights for the first five months of the year, a 7 percent drop from the preceding year, showing a gradual increase throughout the year.
The total count through September was 3,703 take-offs and landings on weekday business hours. Compared with 2008, the count is up 106 flights or 3 percent for the year. The sum is 126 below the record count in 2006.