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February 22, 2019

Portland Jetport sets all-time passenger record

Photo / Tim Greenway
Photo / Tim Greenway
Airport Director Paul Bradbury of the Portland International Jetport announced today the jetport set an all-time passenger record in 2018, with more than 2.13 million passengers using the airport.

More than 2.13 million passengers used the Portland International Jetport in 2018, making it the all-time busiest year in the jetport's history. Overall traffic at the jetport was up 14.6% year-over-year, surpassing the then-record 1.86 million passengers in 2017.

"2018 was a tremendous year for the jetport," said Paul Bradbury, director of the airport. "This is the first time we've crossed the two million passenger threshold in a single year, and 14% growth on our all-time record speaks to the strength of the market we serve. Portland is a very popular destination and is further assisted by the overall strength of the Maine market."

The jetport's air service highlights in 2018, include:

  • Frontier Airlines entering the market, adding service to Denver, Colo.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, Fla.
  • American Airlines operating summer seasonal Chicago O'Hare service.
  • American, Delta, Southwest, and United adding larger aircraft to the market on multiple routes.

Here's the 2018 passenger breakdown:

  • Passengers getting on airplanes: 1,073,567
  • Passengers getting off airplanes; 1,060,863
  • Total passengers; 2,134,430.

Here's the breakdown of airline market share in 2018 :

  • American Airlines: 606,029 passengers (28.39%)
  • Delta Air Lines: 539,958 passengers (25.30%)
  • United Airlines: 428,945 passengers (20.10%)
  • Southwest Airlines: 304,200 passengers (14.25%)
  • JetBlue Airways: 176,857 passengers (8.29%)
  • Frontier Airlines: 63,678 passengers (2.98%)
  • Elite Airways: 13,187 passengers (0.62%)
  • Charters: 1,576 passengers (0.07%).

The passenger tally for previous record years: 2017, 1.86 million; 2016, $1.77 million; 2008, $1.69 million.

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