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Six Flags park attendance has shot up

Six Flags announced today that attendance at its parks for the beginning of the third quarter has grown 5.1 percent to 8.43 million compared to last year.

Revenues for the first six weeks of the quarter are also up 7.6 percent or $23.5 million despite having fewer park operating days, the company said.

“This is a terrific start for the quarter and it demonstrates that the company’s strategic, multi-year commitment to improving the quality of our guest experience and expanding our core business can bring about sustained long-term growth,” said chief executive Mark Shapiro in a statement.

Shares of Six Flags [ticker:SIX] have jumped almost 14 percent to $1.17 in mid-morning trading.

The company has about two weeks remaining its regular operating season. Six Flags Over Texas is open daily until August 24 and will then be open for weekends only through the first weekend in November.