Phoenix Sky Harbor Records Busiest Month For Air Travel Since March
October was the busiest month at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, though it is still seeing about half the number of passengers it did a year ago.
The region’s primary airport recorded 1,900,868 passengers that either flew into or out of Sky Harbor during October, according to a Nov. 30 report from the Phoenix Aviation Department. That’s a 51.4% decrease from the 3.9 million people who went through Sky Harbor’s terminals in October 2019.
Sky Harbor’s performance in October was more than a 20% increase from the number of passengers the airport saw in September. Every month since April, when only 282,000 people went through the airport, Sky Harbor has seen its total passenger numbers gradually increase.
In October, 10,077 flights landed at Sky Harbor, which was a decrease of 36.5% from October 2019.
The increase in passengers from the previous month was driven by the major commercial airlines that operate at Sky Harbor. American Airlines Inc. (Nasdaq: AAL) – the carrier with the largest presence at the airport – reported 902,480 total passengers in October, down 49.3% from the same month in 2019. United Airlines Inc. (NYSE: UAL) had a similar percentage decrease compared to last year with a total of 116,706 passengers in October.
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL), the second and third largest carriers at Sky Harbor respectively, saw their passenger numbers decrease 55.3% to 602,186 and 54.7% to 118,143.
The airline that came closest to hitting its 2019 passenger numbers in October was Denver-based Frontier Airlines. Frontier recorded 68,072 total passengers in October, only 4.2% less than it had in October 2019. The ultra low-cost carrier recently announced it would be expanding its service from Phoenix, adding three new destinations in California that will start operating in February 2021.