A 7.1 % annual improve in passengers at Philadelphia International Airport marks the strongest progress PHL has expert in better than a decade, the airline launched this week.
Last yr, 31,691,956 passengers traveled by means of PHL, the easiest complete since the airport recorded 31.8 million in 2008.
The annual improve is the first year-to-year progress since 2015 and the easiest proportion improve since 10.5 % progress was posted in 2005.
The all-time extreme for passenger guests, set in 2007, is 32.2 million.
Airline officers attributed the uptick to new air service added by carriers along with American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Those 5 carriers collectively launched steady flights to 27 new areas in 2018. The airport moreover added Irish service Aer Lingus closing yr.
International passengers elevated six % from 2017 to 4,246,171. That was an important proportion improve since a 17.1 % surge in 2004.
Cargo tonnage jumped 20 % over the sooner yr, reaching 555,327 and eclipsing 500,000 for the first time since 2008.
“Our airport team continues to work tirelessly with our airline, tourism and business partners to attract new air service whether it’s more flights to more cities by our established carriers or bringing in a new airline,” said airport CEO Chellie Cameron. “Our 2018 numbers show how the team’s efforts produced real results. We are encouraged by the upswing in passengers, operations and cargo handling and are eager to maintain this positive trend.”