More passengers are flying out of Fort Smith Regional Airport on Delta Air Lines compared to last year.

According to the Fort Smith Regional Airport’s latest passenger traffic report, Delta Air Lines had a 12 percent increase in passengers compared to May 2017. American Airlines saw a 5 percent drop in May compared to May 2017. Delta flies to Atlanta. American flies to Dallas/Fort Worth.

The airport’s enplanements, or passengers flying out of the airport, stayed relatively the same in May compared to last May. There were 8,486 enplanements last month and 8,507 in May 2017. Of those, 2,691 flew with Delta and 5,795 flew with American.

Airport Director Michael Griffin said he is aware that within the past year, Delta started flying its larger CJR7 aircraft to Fort Smith again to carry more than 70 passengers. Delta’s smaller craft carry about 50 passengers.

Progress on the airport’s new fire station is moving along, Griffin added, and is still on track for an October opening despite recent weather setbacks. Concrete for the fire truck bays was recently poured and workers are finishing up on the roof. The structure should be “weathered in” within a couple weeks, Griffin said.

Turn Key Construction Management of Fort Smith began work on the new $3 million, three-bay airport fire station in October. MAHG Architecture of Fort Smith designed the station to accommodate the airport’s new aircraft fire and rescue fire truck. The new truck and two other restored aircraft fire rescue trucks were acquired following a change in mission in 2014 for the local Arkansas Air National Guard to a remotely piloted aircraft unit.