Jun 11, 2024 - News

XNA sets record as Walmart associates soar home

Illustration of a plane with contrails forming an upwards trend line.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Northwest Arkansas National Airport saw its busiest day since it began operation nearly 9,400 days ago, according to Fare Flight NWA.

Why it matters: Travelers spend money on food, souvenirs and services. Most of that capital is taxed, so cities and the state get a boost.

The caveat: Not all who went through TSA boarded a plane. The number includes employees and potentially those with a guest pass.

  • The actual number of passengers boarding planes won't be known until later this month.

Yes, but: In raw numbers, the airport's second-busiest day was Saturday and its fifth-busiest was Sunday, spokesperson Olivia Moore told Axios.

The big picture: The traffic count shows XNA is prepared to handle cyclical influxes of people and that the region is ultimately a destination.

The bottom line: Passengers boarding planes at XNA were up by 11% the first part of the year, and 2024 is speculated to be its busiest year yet.

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