Having served nearly 45 million passengers in 2018, Phoenix Sky Harbor set a new record last year.
A 2.3 percent increase from 2017 led to 44,943,686 travelers in 2018, also topping the previous record of 44 million in 2015.
“It shows just how popular this part of the world is, this part of the country, the Valley in general, the state in particular,” said Sky Harbor spokesman Greg Roybal. “It’s also a good sign of Arizona’s economy, because Sky Harbor is widely considered to be the economic engine for the state.
A traffic record was also set last year by Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, which is the Valley’s second-largest airport.
Sky Harbor has spent recent years investing in upgrades and expansion as it phases out the aging Terminal 2, which will soon be demolished.
This month in Terminal 3, a new south concourse opened and renovation of the terminal’s north concourse is expected to wrap up in 2020.
There are two more major projects scheduled for completion in 2022 – an extension of the PHX Sky Train to the rental car center and the addition of an eighth concourse in Terminal 4 with eight new gates for Southwest Airlines.
“The more people want these nice, new things, the more we’ll get, because we do respond to passenger and traveler requests,” said Roybal, adding that updated information can be found on Sky Harbor’s website.