HIGHFILL, Ark. — Flights from XNA to Houston are still grounded as of Aug. 29, according to airport officials.
The last direct flights left Friday, Aug. 25 before Hurricane Harvey impacted the Gulf Coast. Officials said they hope George Bush International Airport will open again in a couple of days.
Last year, XNA had nearly 30,000 passengers fly to Houston, making the drop in business a blow for the airport.
Officials said they have noticed the decline in people moving through the airport.
“Fewer people parking cars, certainly loss of revenue from our passenger facility charge, our grant revenues, food and beverage concession revenues, and we don’t like to see people displaced,” said Kelly Johnson, the director of XNA.
Officials said the situation is difficult, because there is nothing that can be done to speed up the resumption of flights to the area.