T.F. Green traffic rises 18.2% in June

TRAFFIC AND CARGO at T.F. Green Airport both increased year over year in June. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.
TRAFFIC AND CARGO at T.F. Green Airport both increased year over year in June. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

WARWICK – Traffic at T.F. Green Airport in June increased 18.2 percent year over year to 387,916 total passengers, according to the most recent data from the R.I. Airport Corp.

Southwest Airlines had the largest share of passengers in June at 35.1 percent, accounting for 135,993 passengers. American Airlines accounted for the second largest share at 21.3 percent, or 82,684 passengers.

Discount carrier Frontier Airlines accounted for the third-largest share with 44,585 passengers, or 11.5 percent of T.F. Green’s traffic for the month.

Combined, the airports newer discount airlines, Frontier, Norwegian Air and Allegiant Air, accounted for 19.1 percent of all traffic in June, or 74,079 passengers.

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Total cargo processed at T.F. Green in June was 7.5 million pounds, a 197.4 percent increase year over year. The increase was due to an upswing caused by shipping services related to the local Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Fall River. However, the logistics company that serviced the region has since moved to Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., a decision made by Amazon in June, effective July 31. Cargo traffic will most likely revert to levels more in line with 2017 figures in August.

Year to date, passenger traffic at T.F. Green increased 19.2 percent when compared with year-to-date numbers through the first six months of 2017 to 2.1 millon deplaned and enplaned passengers. Cargo traffic had increased 196.8 percent year to date in June to 38.3 million pounds.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. He can be reached at Bergenheim@PBN.com.