Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport achieved the greatest percentage increase among the US’ ten busiest airports in 2011 according to an ACI annual traffic report. Up 5.2% over 2010, Sky Harbor continued to show remarkable growth, serving 40.6 million passengers, which ranked the airport ninth in the country for passenger activity in 2011. Atlanta remained in the top spot with over 92 million passengers last year.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said, “More people nationally and internationally are doing their business in Phoenix, touring our city and visiting our local businesses in the process. These numbers are excellent reminders that we must focus on providing world-class services like the PHX Sky Train and the new food and beverage concepts in Terminal 4 for our new and returning customers in our airport.”
From 2010 to 2011, Sky Harbor saw 16 months of continual growth due to an increase in business travel and the staging of some major cultural and sporting events.
The City of Phoenix Aviation Department is estimated to pump $33 billion into the economy each year and provides over 30,000 jobs, all, it says, “without spending one cent of local taxpayer dollars on expenses.”
Its Aviation Director, Danny Murphy, said, “Our 2011 passenger numbers indicate that we need to continue our planning efforts to meet the demand as the economy bounces back. As one of the top ten airports in the country, our facilities must be ready to serve our passengers well.”