Rock Hill Airport saw a boon in extra business during the DNC

Posted February 27, 2013 8:16 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

The Rock Hill-York County Airport saw a boom in extra business during the Democratic National Convention.

Airport administrator Eric Ramsdell telling WRHI Wednesday that was partly due to the sheer amount of additional air traffic — but also in part due to restrictions put in place by the Transportation Security Administration that required flights to stop at gateway airports before flying into Charlotte-Douglas.

Ramsdell said the regional airport brought in 2.5 to three times its normal business during the convention.

Those figures are not only based in fuel sales but hotel availability.

And for some of the 35,000 delegates, dignitaries, security personnel and media that flew into the airport, many saw a facility that looked brand news. Ramsdell says that is credited to improvements that were completed just in the nick of time.

The Rock Hill-York County Airport opened for business in January, 1960 and serves as a reliever airport for Charlotte-Douglas International.