T.F. Green traffic increases 12.3% in March

TRAFFIC AND CARGO both increased in March at T.F. Green Airport, as new discount carriers continued to have an impact on activity there and cargo traffic grew due to Amazon.com opening a fulfillment center in Fall River. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.
TRAFFIC AND CARGO both increased in March at T.F. Green Airport, as new discount carriers continued to have an impact on activity there and cargo traffic grew due to Amazon.com opening a fulfillment center in Fall River. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

WARWICK – March passenger traffic at T.F. Green Airport increased 12.3 percent year over year to 347,598 passengers, an upswing of 38,113 fliers, according to the R.I. Airport Corp.’s latest monthly report.

The increase continues a trend for this year, which reflects the growing number of passengers utilizing new routes from discount airliners that introduced service to T.F. Green in 2017. Frontier Airlines, Allegiant Air and Norwegian Air accounted for a combined 53,817 passengers in March, 15.4 percent of all traffic, entirely offsetting a decline in other carriers’ traffic.

Southwest Airlines remained the airport’s largest passenger carrier by far with 142,666 passengers in March despite an 11,936-passenger decline year over year. The next largest carrier for the month was American Airlines, which accounted for 73,448 passengers in March, a decline of 5,482 year over year.

Delta Airlines was the third-largest provider in March with 34,425 passengers, while Frontier Airlines carried 32,938 passengers. Frontier was not operating out of T.F. Green in March 2017.

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Total cargo enplaned and deplaned in March weighed nearly 6 million pounds, compared with 2.3 million one year prior. The increase was largely driven to companies related to Amazon.com Inc., ABX Air (2.6 million pounds) and Atlas Air (1.1 million pounds).

Year to date, passenger traffic totaled 935,743 riders through March, a 17.5 percent year-over-year increase.

A total of 17.7 million pounds of cargo was processed at T.F Green year to date through March, a 189.7 percent increase from one year prior.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.

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