American Airlines drops from top spot at Sky Harbor amid slumping passenger counts

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Posted at 9:35 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 12:35:53-04

PHOENIX — The Covid-19 pandemic and related travel bans continue to hurt the airline industries, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was no exception. The Valley's main airport reported an 85.2% drop in total passenger numbers in May when compared to the same month in 2019.

During May, a total of 584,283 passenger people flew into or out of the region’s primary airport, according to a report released this week from the Phoenix Aviation Department. The report shows that every airline operating at Sky Harbor saw a decrease in passenger numbers compared to May 2019.

For the first time in years, American Airlines Inc. was not Sky Harbor’s top airline in terms of passenger count.

American reported a total of 233,649 passengers in May, down 87% from May 2019. Southwest Airlines Co. had 240,448 total passengers, which was a decrease of 82.2% from last year but enough to move it past American for top spot. While Southwest had 6,800 more passengers than American in May, American landed 44 more flights in Phoenix during the month.

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