Pensacola International Airport has set an all-time record for annual passenger traffic, with some 1,668,897 passengers traveling through the airport over the past year.
The airport measures using a fiscal year rather than a calendar year, with the record period running from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. The previous record was set during the 2007 fiscal year, when 1,660,545 passengers came through the airport.
The high mark comes on the heels of several record traffic months in both June and July. Some 175,814 passengers used the airport in July alone.
In addition to the record year, Pensacola International Airport also announced that American Airlines will add a second daily nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in the spring. Beginning April 3, the new flight will depart Pensacola at 6:20 a.m., arriving in Washington, D.C. at 9:38 a.m.
“Pensacola International Airport is welcoming more visitors and guests to our city than ever before and our airport is experiencing an exciting amount of growth that we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “My team and I are working hard to keep the momentum going and the additional flight to Washington, D.C. is a great opportunity for the airport to continue its role in moving our region forward.”
The city-owned airport is the largest airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville, with five airlines operating flights to 17 destinations. Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines announced seasonal service to six cities, bringing the airline’s total service from Pensacola to 36 flights per week to eight destinations. In July, Frontier Airlines announced plans to become the airport’s sixth airline, launching nonstop service to Denver International Airport in 2018.
“The continued growth in activity at the Pensacola International Airport is a testament to the ongoing support and efforts of the mayor and others in our community,” said Airport Director Dan Flynn. “We’ve been working diligently with our partners and supporters to not only help identify the air service needs for the region, but also to develop collaborative strategies for the growth of the same.”