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The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport for just the sixth time in its history surpassed 70,000 passengers in a single month.

The 71,557 passengers in April means the airport has boarded 12.6 percent more passengers through the first four months of this year than in 2018.

Assuming the airport’s 12.6 percent increase through the first four months of this year continues, XNA would see 887,000 passengers by year’s end. There’s every indication that’s possible as XNA has four new air service improvements in the pipeline but not yet started.

Those still-to-come improvements include Allegiant Air’s new service to Nashville that starts June 6 and Frontier Airlines’ flights to Denver that start June 27. Those new flights will be followed by two American Airlines’ upgrades that will be daily flights to Philadelphia starting in September and service to Miami that begins in December.

XNA’s best month in its 20-year history came in June 2017 when 78,912 passengers boarded flights.

Pictured at the top: Allegiant Air has expanded its service to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. The low-cost carrier provides flights to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Destin. Service to Nashville starts in June.