By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had its busiest month ever in March. More than 4.5 million passengers traveled through Sky Harbor during the month.
That averages out to 146,000 travelers per day.
March 2019’s passengers totals were up 3.3 percent over the previous record, 4.38 million passengers, set in March 2018.
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) are the two largest carriers at Sky Harbor.
They accounted 3.48 million of the total March passengers counts with almost 2 million travelers for American and 1.48 million for Southwest.
Southwest’s March 2019 traffic was up 2.6. percent over March 2018 and American’s was up 1. 6 percent compared to a year ago.
United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) had an 11.6 percent jump in traffic year-over-year with 258,787 passengers flying in and out of Phoenix in March 2019.
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) had a 6 percent jump in its Phoenix passenger counts with 329,413 March travelers, according to the City of Phoenix’s Aviation Department.
The city owns and runs Sky Harbor.
March is routinely a busy travel month in Arizona with Cactus League spring training, spring break and still mild weather.
“These numbers show the continued demand for travel to and from our state,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in a statement. “It’s crucial with the increased passenger demand that we continue to provide world class facilities and service to our customers. The capital investment program currently underway at Sky Harbor would allow us to accommodate much-needed future capacity.”