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Tampa International Airport sees record passenger numbers

(April 16, 2018) Tampa International Airport served a record 2,192,602 passengers in March, making it the busiest single month in Airport history. Busy airport photo

The record beat the previous high set in March 2017 by 213,358 passengers – a 10.8 percent jump – and wraps up a busy first six months of fiscal year 2018.

Since the fiscal year began on Oct. 1, TPA has served 10,761,239 passengers, jumping 953,684 passengers, or 9.7 percent over the same period the previous year.

The strong passenger numbers were propelled by both domestic and international passenger growth. International passenger travel was up 12.3 percent while domestic was up 9.6 percent.

Frontier Airlines was TPA’s fastest growing carrier, seeing 116.7 percent growth, and more than doubling its total number of passengers to 683,776 during this period. Spirit Airlines saw 45.5 percent growth, and served 845,942 passengers. Southwest Airlines, TPA’s largest carrier, grew 4.3 percent – serving 3,543,819 passengers.

Airlines at Tampa International Airport added 22 routes during this period, including 12 aboard Frontier and six aboard Spirit. Southwest added nonstop flights to San Diego while Delta added new service to Salt Lake City, helping bolster TPA’s service to the west coast. TPA also added a new airline, Air Transat, with new seasonal service to Montreal and Toronto.