While far from a full recovery, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport continues to see more passengers return every month since the Covid-19 pandemic grounded the commercial aviation industry in the spring.
In May, passenger traffic was down 85.2% compared to the same month in 2019. In June it was down 71.2% and in July there was a decrease of 64.7%.
“We do think things are beginning to slowly get a little better,” Phoenix’s Aviation Director James Bennett said during the Aug. 20 Phoenix Aviation Advisory Board meeting.
In total, Sky Harbor recorded 1,351,807 passengers that either flew into or out of the region’s primary airport in July, according to data released Aug. 28 by the Phoenix Aviation Department.