Traffic at T.F. Green dips 1.7% in March

T.F. GREEN passenger traffic declined 1.7% year over year in March. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.
T.F. GREEN passenger traffic declined 1.7% year over year in March. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

WARWICK – Traffic at T.F. Green in March declined 1.7% to 341,790 enplaned and deplaned passengers, according to the R.I. Airport Corp. Wednesday.

The largest provider at T.F. Green continued to be Southwest Airlines with 133,990 passengers in March, or 39.2% of all passengers at the airport. The second largest carrier for the month was American Airlines at 83,776 total passengers, or 24.5% of all traffic.

Discount airlines Allegiant, Frontier Airlines and Norwegian Air International accounted for 24,666 passengers for the month or 7% of all traffic. All three airlines saw passenger declines in March year over year, ranging from a decline of 43.2% to 78.9%.

The largest nominal decline in passengers of all airlines year over year was for Frontier, declining 14,232 passengers to 18,706 total passengers, followed by Norwegian, declining 10,929 to 2,821 passengers. The largest nominal increase in monthly traffic year over year was for American Airlines, increasing 10,328 passengers.

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A total of 1.9 million pounds of cargo was enplaned and deplaned in March at T.F. Green, a decline of 68.5%, largely attributable to the departure of freight services related to Amazon.com Inc.

Year to date in March, traffic at T.F. Green had declined 6.4% from year-to-date figures in March 2018 to 875,712 passengers enplaned and deplaned. The largest passenger declines year to date were for Frontier Airlines, falling 40,197 passengers to 52,861 passengers and Southwest Airlines, where total passengers enplaned and deplanes declined 36,491 to 336,479 passengers.

Total cargo year to date declined 66.3% to 6 million pounds.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. You may reach him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.