MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Air travel is officially back in business, and people are traveling more than ever. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport has recorded the highest June passenger activity since the height of the pandemic in March 2020. More than 151,000 passengers traveled through the airport in June 2021, marking the highest June passenger total in the airport history.
It marks a significant growth period for the airport, which saw air traffic down 93% in April after setting a record for commercial passengers in 2019. In 2019, the airport saw over 1.8 million travelers, but declined as more people opted to stay home during the pandemic. An upward trend has slowly grown as more people are beginning to travel again.
Passenger numbers dropped an average 60% for the airline industry in 2020 with over $35 billion in losses at the country’s six largest airports, according to Forbes. Mesa Mayor and Chairman of the Airport Authority John Giles said that families are making up for lost travel. “June is the kickoff to the summer travel season, and we are encouraged and hopeful that this trend will continue,” said Giles.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is located at 6033 S Sossaman Rd, Mesa, AZ. The airport serves Allegiant, Avelo, WestJet, Swoop, Sun Country and Flair for domestic and international flights.
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