Tucson, Ariz. (April 17, 2012)-Passenger volume at Tucson International Airport (TIA) for the first quarter of 2012 posted a 3 percent gain in comparison to last year.
After a January that declined 1 percent year-over-year, February saw a 3 percent jump, likely attributable to the extra day afforded by the leap year. However, March then continued the trend with a 5 percent increase in departing and arriving passengers. Looking at the quarter as a whole, TIA served 958,674 travelers in comparison to 934,409 in the first quarter of 2011.
Alaska Airlines was responsible for the largest increase, having served 32 percent more passengers at TIA in this time period. Starting in June, Alaska is scheduled to use airplanes with 18 percent more seats for its daily flights between Tucson and Seattle-Tacoma.
American Airlines flew 17 percent more passengers this quarter, and Delta Air Lines' volume went up 6 percent.
In calendar year 2011, TIA served a total of 3,658,1999 passengers, which was a 3 percent decrease from the 2010 total.