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Summer Traffic Giving Bigger Boost to STL Passenger Growth

Posted on July 26, 2018 in Media Releases

The peak travel season of summer is giving St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) a bigger boost in passenger traffic. Through the first six months of 2018, STL has served more than 7.5 million passengers, an increase of more than 441,000 passengers or 6.2 percent. June marked the busiest travel month so far in 2018 with 1,466,120 total passengers, an increase of more than 108,986 passengers or eight percent over June of 2017. June also marked the end of STL’s fiscal year in which the airport served 15,209,248 total passengers, a difference of approximately 849,000 passengers or a 5.5 percent increase over FY2017. STL has now recorded 34 straight months of passenger growth.   

 “With several new destinations added by our air carriers in the spring, including new intern tional service on WOW air, we knew that we would have a strong summer, and so far, that’s been the case,” said STL Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “With even more new flights yet to hit our schedule, we see demand holding strong through the rest of the year.”    

Southwest Airlines will launch new non-stop service to Hartford, CT (BDL) on August 7. Sun Country Airlines will begin serving STL in the fall, with twice weekly flights to Fort Myers, FL (RSW) beginning October 3 and Tampa, FL (TPA) beginning November 1. In the last quarter, Southwest launched service to Sacramento, CA (SMF) and San Jose, CA (SJC) in April. WOW air began its new international service to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavik, Iceland on May 17. WOW air is operating five weekly flights to Iceland through September 23, before returning to four flights per week.   

STL’s airlines are operating more than 260 daily departures to 73 destinations this summer.

Other FY2018 statistics show that total aircraft departures (airlines, general aviation and cargo) were up 6.3 percent to 94,600 takeoffs. Cargo aircraft departures were up 1.7 percent in FY2018. Total FY2018 landed weight was up 5.6 percent at 9,106,126 lbs.

Check latest Airport Traffic Activity Reports here.

*This includes updated air traffic activity statistics, updated July 26, 2018, replacing a previous version originally released on July 25.