The number of passengers flying out of Tweed New Haven Regional Airport rose 11 percent in 2011, its second-busiest ever.
A total of 39,791 passengers left Tweed on US Airways Express flight last year, the second highest of any year since the flights were offered in 1999. The record high came in 2005.
Airport Manager Lori Hoffman-Soares attributed the increase to the increasing number of start-up companies and manufacturers in New Haven, driving business interest in the airport. Hoffman-Soares touted the airport's easy access to downtown and Interstate 95, as well as its convenient parking and competitive fares.
US Airways Express operates several flights a day from New Haven to Philadelphia, allowing passengers to connect to any US Airways destination.