A rebound in passenger numbers for one of the Lincoln Airport's two airlines wasn't enough to avert another monthly decline.

Delta Air Lines saw its passenger numbers in Lincoln grow 2 percent in March compared with a year ago, but the increase was more than offset by a 15 percent drop at United Airlines.

That left overall passenger numbers for the month down 8 percent, the fourth straight monthly decline going back to last year.

Through the first quarter of the year, Delta's numbers are down 5 percent compared with a year ago, while United's numbers are down 11 percent. That's an overall drop of 9 percent for commercial passenger traffic through the first three months of the year.

Thanks to a 58 percent increase in charter passengers in the first quarter, overall passenger numbers are down slightly less 7 percent.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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