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Blue Airways mechanic Matt Buck (left), CEO Tom Blue and COO Sam Blue pose in Red Wing Regional Airport's hangar.

Drop in aviation numbers affects small airports like Red Wing

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BAY CITY - According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there were about 835.5 million people worldwide who traveled by plane in 2007. Last year, that number had fallen to just more than 801 million.

But that drop in air travel isn't being felt only by big airlines. General aviation is feeling the effects, too.

Blue Airways Inc., the company that operates the Red Wing Regional Airport, has seen an even more drastic drop in passengers in the last five years.

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