In between flights at the new St. George airport, it's about as empty as the old airport, but that could soon change, as more commercial flights could be taking off and landing there.
Rich Stehmeier, manager of the airport said, "The numbers, as far as the financial numbers, we're actually on a nice upswing."
Five flights a day currently go to Salt Lake City, and one goes to Los Angeles.
Soon, direct flights to Denver, Phoenix, and even San Francisco could fly out of St. George. Not only is there interest in going to those cities, Stehmeier said, but there is interest from them.
"Those kind of people are starting to look at us because of our proximity to Zion National Park, Bryce, Grand Canyon, all these places that people come from all over the world to come here," Stehmeier said.
Last year, 137,000 passengers used the St. George airport, the highest since the economy crashed four years ago.
Scott Hirschi, director of Washington County's Economic Development team, said businesses looking to move to the area like the new airport. Family Dollar is building a distribution center in the city, 400 new jobs and Hirschi remembers the executives talking about the airport.
"It's just opened up all sorts of new economic opportunities," he said. "It's the first thing many of those businesses see as they come to our community and land there."
But for some locals, it's still taking a little while to get used to. A few still go to the old airport, only to find out it's not there anymore.
"People would call up and say, ‘Hey, my plane leaves in 45 minutes, and I just pulled up to the terminal, and there's no one here,'" Stehmeier said.
Some private pilots have landed at the old airport, even with big X's on the runway, but Stehmeier felt last month's air show with the Blue Angels helped let people know where they are now.
"The number of calls we take on a daily basis about ‘How do I get to the airport?' has dropped to almost nothing lately," he said.
It just takes time.