Akron Canton Airport Sets All-time Monthly Passenger Record – The Akron Canton Airport (CAK) set a new record for passengers traveling to and from CAK in a month’s time. The new record was set this past July when 149,757 passengers used the airport. The old record was eclipsed by 5,541 set in July 2005. Year to date through July, the airport has hosted over 837,000 passengers compared to 802,442 passengers last year, which is a 4.3% increase. Frontier Airlines and Air Tran Airways each posted their best months ever at CAK. Frontier had an increase of 51.9% compared to last year, while Air Tran Airways increased by nearly 12%. Air Tran hosted more than 65,000 passengers in July. Akron Canton Airport offers direct flights to Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. To read more about CAK growth, click here.

Akron Canton Airport Celebrates Halfway Point of Runway Extension – The Akron Canton Airport (CAK) celebrated the halfway point of the extension of Runway 5/23, which will allow aircraft to fly nonstop to the west coast and international destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean. Two million cubic yards of earth have already been moved as part of the runway extension. The airport has invested $34 million to date on projects related to the 5/23 extension. The runway will be 8,200 feet when completed. An additional $27 million is planned to complete the job by 2010. To read more about the project, click here.

Stark Schools Exceed State Average in High School Students Going to College – New figures from the Ohio Board of Regents show Stark County nearly 6% above the state average in the percentage of high school graduates going directly on to college in Ohio. Stark’s average is 50.7% compared to a statewide average of 45% for the class of 2006. Twelve of the 17 school districts in Stark County exceeded the state average. The total college participation rate in Stark County and in the state is actually higher than the percentages above for two reasons. One, out of state enrollment is not considered in the percentage, which may add as much as 12% to the college participation rate. Two, also not considered are the students who may delay entry into college for whatever reason. To learn more about Stark County’s performance, click here for the Stark Education Partnership article.


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