February's rough winter weather had an impact at Dane County Regional Airport, where passenger traffic was down more than 11 percent compared with a year ago.

There were 49,354 outbound passengers last month, an 11 percent decrease from February 2010, the airport reported this week. There were 46,613 arriving passengers last month, down 12 percent from a year ago.

"The weather was a big reason. Our airport was always open, but other ones weren't," airport spokesman Brent McHenry said. "Minneapolis had fog and snow, Milwaukee had snow, Chicago had snow."

Last month, 1,141 flights were scheduled to fly out of Dane County Regional Airport, but only 995 did. The biggest problem, McHenry said, wasn't that flights couldn't get out of Madison but that connecting flights were stuck somewhere else.

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For the first two months of the year, there were 105,119 outbound passengers, down 6.4 percent from 2010, and 107,468 inbound passengers, down 1.4 percent.

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