T.F. Green traffic continues increase in April on discount airline traffic

PASSENGER TRAFFIC at T.F. Green Airport increased 22.5 percent year over year in April to 392,862 passengers, largely due to the introduction of discount airline options which were not operating in April 2017. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.
PASSENGER TRAFFIC at T.F. Green Airport increased 22.5 percent year over year in April to 392,862 passengers, largely due to the introduction of discount airline options which were not operating in April 2017. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

WARWICK – Traffic at T.F. Green Airport in April totaled 392,862, a 22.5 percent increase from April 2017’s 320,804 passengers, according to the most recent airport activity report from the R.I. Airport Corp.

The increased traffic was largely driven by the introduction of discount airlines such as Frontier Airlines, Norwegian Air and Allegiant Air, which, combined, accounted for 15.5 percent of traffic in April. Of the three discount airlines, Frontier had the highest ridership of the three airlines at 36,299 passengers, or 9.2 percent of all traffic at T.F. Green, the third-most of any single carrier. None of the three airlines had operations at T.F. Green in April 2017.

Southwest Airlines accounted for the most traffic of all T.F. Green airlines in April at 42.6 percent of the total (167,411 passengers), followed by American Airlines at 21.7 percent of traffic (85,380 passengers).

Year to date in April, traffic had increased 18.9 percent to 1.3 million passengers when compared with the same 2017 period.

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Cargo traffic in April more than tripled in April to 6 million pounds. The increase in cargo was driven by shipments related to Amazon.com Inc. Recently, the logistics company related to Amazon, Pinnacle Logistics LLC, announced that it was ceasing operations at T.F. Green and moving to Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn. Shipments re,lated to Amazon accounted for the entirety of the 4 million pound cargo increase year over year. Pinnacle expects to cease operations in Warwick on July 31.

Fed Ex Corp. accounted for 1 million pounds of cargo at T.F. Green in April while United Parcel Service accounted for 702,974 pounds.

Year to date, the volume of cargo processed at T.F. Green increased 192.6 percent compared with 2017, rising to 23.7 million pounds from 8.1 million pounds in the first four months of last year.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.

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