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Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
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ABIA traffic continues to increase
Austin Bergstrom International Airport kept its streak alive in August by posting a 9 percent increase in total traffic over August 2013. The 959,640 passengers in August meant that ABIA has seen passenger growth for 55 of the past 56 months. The airport topped 10 million passengers in 2013, a record for the facility that was opened to commercial traffic in 1999. Almost all of the 12 major airlines that serve ABIA reported a net increase in boardings in August. However, air cargo tonnage saw an overall drop of 9 percent in August, with the largest freight carriers, FedEx and UPS, shipping significantly less cargo. The only bright spot was a 76.5 percent increase in international shipments, which account for less than 10 percent of all cargo at ABIA.
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