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A trend toward more passengers aboard smaller planes fueled a double-digit drop in 1995 passenger traffic at the Greater Buffalo International Airport.
Overall passenger levels at the airport's scheduled commercial carriers declined 13.5 percent in 1995 from the year before, with the rising numbers reserved for those low-volume commuter planes linking Buffalo to larger hubs.
The commuter airlines carried 61 percent more people in 1995 than in 1994, while passenger levels declined 21 percent at the major airlines, according to figures from the airlines and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
"You're not unusual compared to what is happening at several other markets around the country," said Dean Hedley of the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University.
Taken one way, the numbers reflect a region that is neither a prime destination nor home to a base of business travelers.
Taken another way, observers suggest the drop stems from the push to balance supply and demand, where full …