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Sky Harbor passengers increase by 77% in 2021

Sky Harbor passenger totals for last year were up just over 77% from 2020 as the airport rebounds from a massive pandemic-induced falloff.

Spokesperson Heather Shelbrack said nearly 39 million people traveled through the hub in 2021, but that was shy of the record in 2019.

“Compared to 2019, we show a 16.1% decrease and 2019 was our busiest year ever. This year, we had 38.8 million passengers come through the airport and that’s compared to our record-breaking year in 2019 of 46.2 million,” she said.

Cargo shipments last year never suffered, as there was a 5.1% increase from 2020 levels and a 12.4% gain from 2019.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.