Tampa International Airport in the US state of Florida has witnessed a 10.8% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers last month after serving a record of 2,192,602 people.
The record eclipsed the previous high set in March last year by 213,358 passengers and made March 2018 the busiest single month in the airport’s history.
Since the beginning of the new fiscal year from 1 October 2017, the airport has served a total of 10,761,239 passengers, which represents a 9.7% increase compared to that of the corresponding period last year.
The increase in the number of passengers was driven by growth in both domestic and international services.
International passenger travel increased by 12.3%, while domestic passenger growth witnessed a 9.6% jump.
During this period, airlines at Tampa International Airport added 22 routes, including 12 from Frontier Airlines and six from Spirit Airlines.
Southwest Airlines introduced nonstop flights to San Diego, while Delta added a new service to Salt Lake City.
The airport also added a new airline Air Transat offering new seasonal service to Montreal and Toronto.
Other airlines serving the Tampa airport also recorded growth in passenger service with Frontier Airlines registering 116.7% growth, while Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines registered passenger traffic growth of 45.5% and 4.3%, respectively.
In February, the airport introduced its new SkyConnect people-mover system and a rental car centre.
The 1.5 mile-long SkyConnect system connects the Main Terminal to the Economy Garage, as well as the 2.6 million square feet rental car centre.
In addition to enabling the airport to manage more passengers, these two facilities will also enhance customer convenience and services.