Passenger traffic at Bishop Airport was up almost six percent in 2014. According to MLive, a report from the Bishop Airport Authority says the majority of 5.7 percent increase can be attributed to Southwest Airlines, which carried 34,000 more passengers from Bishop last year compared to 2013. Mlive says the overall improvement in traffic last year came despite reductions in departures in each of the last three months of 2014.

A breakdown of the numbers shows three of the airlines with regularly scheduled service to Flint - Southwest, American Eagle and United Airlines - all increased passenger traffic. Only Delta Airlines saw a decrease in traffic. Southwest also carried almost half the fliers leaving Bishop last year with 44 percent. Delta was the next closest at 38 percent.

The combined load factor for departing planes from Flint in 2014 improved also, up to 78.4 percent from 76.2 percent. The load factor is the percentage of seats filled on departing flights which is a key statistic used to show airlines profitability.