Portland, Maine - The Portland International Jetport today reported that 2017 was the all-time busiest year in airport history. Spurred on by a strong summer tourism season, and its airline partners adding additional off-peak flights the Jetport recorded 1,862,213 passengers. This is an increase of 4.2% over 2016 which saw 1,786,942 passengers.
“2017 was a phenomenal year for the Jetport” said Paul Bradbury, Airport Director. “With a very strong mix of airlines, a robust tourism season, and more Mainers choosing PWM over other airports in the region, we’ve set our all-time record for passengers” he continued.
Several key additions helped to lead to this record, those include:
- American Airlines adding a third daily Charlotte Flight
- United Airlines doubling frequency to Washington DC
- Delta Air Lines starting service to New York City - JFK
- Southwest Airlines maintained four daily flights to Baltimore through October
- Elite Airways added Sarasota/Bradenton service
“We continue to see more Mainers use PWM for their travels” said Zach Sundquist, Assistant Airport Director. “As our airline partners add more seats into the market, it makes accessing the global networks much more convenient. We’re seeing more Mainers choose PWM as their entry into the air transportation system which has really helped our off season performance” he continued.
With an annual economic impact of over $1 Billion to the local economy the Portland International Jetport provides non-stop service to 14 destinations on six airlines. With all three global airline networks represented, passengers can connect to over 2,000 global destinations with just one connection out of PWM.