The Fort Smith Regional Airport ended 2017 with a 2.4 percent bump in passenger traffic, nearly matching the highest numbers seen in 10 years.

According to the airport’s latest passenger traffic report, 89,582 passengers boarded flights at the airport last year. This was a 2.4 percent increase over 2016 and just 346 passengers shy of matching 2014's final tally that saw the most passengers boarding flights in the slow seven-year buildup following the 2008 financial crisis.

The last year to have more than 90,000 enplanements at the local airport was 2007, with 96,137 passengers boarding flights that year. There were 89,928 enplanements at the airport in 2014.

Airport traffic is seen as a local economic indicator, according to Airport Director Michael Griffin.

December 2017 enplanements were down about a half percent compared with the year before, with 7,173 passengers boarding flights at the airport compared with 7,216 in December 2016.