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Phoenix Sky Harbor sets new monthly passenger record with 4.3M

(Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Photo)

PHOENIX — March was the busiest month in terms of passengers in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s existence.

On Monday, the airport announced that nearly 4.3 million passengers — an increase of 1.5 percent over the previous record — passed through the airport in March, which is typically the airport’s busiest month.

“The increase in passenger numbers cannot only be attributed to spring break, spring training, NASCAR and other popular spring events in the greater Phoenix area, but also to an improving economy,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a press release.

The passenger record was accompanied by two more top marks: the PHX Sky Train saw its most riders ever while the rental car shuttle services touted a milestone weekend.

Nearly 495,000 people rode the Sky Train in March, at an average of about 16,000 passengers per day.

From March 18 to March 20, the rental car shuttle service ferried more than 30,000 people per day on average, compared to 25,800 on a typical March day. About 17,000 use the service during other times of the year.

Sky Harbor’s old monthly passenger record was set last March, when about 4 million travelers passed through.

Airport spokesperson Heather Lissner said it is still too early to predict if Sky Harbor will beat its total passenger record of more than 44 million passengers, set in 2015.

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