More people are taking to the skies from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, after an airline change. The recent success at the airport broke a 20-year-old record for passenger traffic.

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport said things improved for the best when the SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, partnered with the airport.

Prior to the change, the airport had inconsistent service from two other airlines. Via Airlines faced complaints about reliability and passengers not being able to make connection flights.

When SkyWest came in April of 2018 with service to Dulles and Chicago, things changed. After one full year, the airport had served 29,000 passengers which resulted in a 260% increase.

“The community has really come out and supported this as well, you know we knew it would take some time to sort of restore confidence in the local air service option after some years of reliable service but the community has shown up and supported it which is great,” said Greg Campbell, executive director of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.

Other carriers that served the airport in the past include U.S. Airways and Piedmont Airlines.