T.F. Green passenger and cargo traffic continue upswing in Nov.

BOTH PASSENGER AND CARGO traffic at T.F. Green Airport in November increased year over year. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.
BOTH PASSENGER AND CARGO traffic at T.F. Green Airport in November increased year over year. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

WARWICK – T.F. Green Airport has been getting busier.

Passenger traffic at T.F. Green in November rose 21.5 percent year over year to 374,265 enplaned and deplaned travelers for the month, according to the R.I. Airport Corp Thursday.

Cargo traffic continued its growth, increasing 240.8 percent year over year in November to 8.1 million pounds from 2.4 million pounds, largely due to increased activity from companies associated with Amazon.com Inc. shipping to and from the new Amazon fulfillment center in Fall River. One of those companies, Air Transport International, processed the most mail and freight in the month for a total of 2.5 million pounds, more than cargo processed by United Parcel Service and Federal Express combined.

The three companies known to work with Amazon operating at T.F. Green, Air Transport International, Atlas Air and ABX Air, combined for a total of 5.5 million pounds of cargo in November.

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Year to date, cargo processed through T.F. Green totaled 32.1 million pounds, a 32.4 percent increase year over year from 24.2 million one year prior.

Southwest Airlines once again accounted for the largest number of passengers for the month in November at 147,636, 39.4 percent of all passengers. American Airlines also remained the second-largest passenger flight provider at T.F. with 80,801 passengers in November. Discount carrier Frontier Airlines accounted for 41,538 passengers was the third largest flight service in the airport, 11.1 percent of all traffic, more than Delta Airlines, which transported 10.1 percent of all traffic.

Year to date, 3.6 million passengers have passed through T.F. Green, compared with 3.4 million one year prior. Nearly all of the difference, a total of 202,194 passengers, were transported by airlines that opened service to Rhode Island in 2017, Allegiant, Frontier, Norwegian Air and OneJet.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.