The Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) is pleased to announce that passenger numbers at PSC increased by 82% in 2021, when compared to 2020. A total of 690,549 people traveled through the airport last year, approximately 312,000 more than the previous year.
The growth can be partly attributed to the three new routes that PSC added to the following locations: Hollywood Burbank Airport with Avelo Airlines, San Diego International Airport with Allegiant Air and Reno-Tahoe International Airport with aha! Airlines.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the entire aviation industry, it is encouraging to see our passenger numbers trend toward pre-pandemic levels,” said Buck Taft, Tri-Cities Airport Director. “We are grateful for the opportunity we had to add new routes for the residents of Southeastern Washington and will continue to safely serve our passengers as they return to air travel.”
Airlines count their passengers in terms of enplanements, or the number of people who board an aircraft at an airport. The number of people arriving are considered deplanements; the sum of both numbers is an airport’s total passenger number. In 2021, the airport saw 346,503 enplanements, an 83% increase over the 188,959 enplanements recorded for 2020.
PSC’s cargo operation has remained strong throughout the pandemic. Enplaned cargo, or the goods shipped from Tri-Cities elsewhere in the world, increased 12% over 2021. Alaska Airlines, FedEx and UPS all contributed to the increase. In total, 3,350, 996 pounds of goods were processed through the airport during 2021.
Additional statistics can be found here on the Tri-Cities Airport’s website.
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