Sun. 4:57pm: Toledo airport hit new low for passengers in 2012

TOLEDO (AP) – The number of people flying in and out of Toledo Express Airport dropped to an all-time low in 2012.

There’s been a steady drop in passengers at the Toledo airport over the last nine years as several carriers have dropped flights.

Just more than 143,000 travelers passed through the airport last year, down slightly from the year before.

The Blade newspaper reports that the shutdown of DirectAir last March contributed to the decline last year.

Airport officials are hoping passenger traffic will pick up this year with the addition of Allegiant Air’s flights to southwest Florida beginning in mid-February.