Phoenix smashed traffic record and nears 50 million passengers; Air France starts soon

Air France CDG to Phoenix

Phoenix welcomed almost 49 million passengers in 2023. It smashed its previous record, held in the pre-pandemic 2019, by nearly 6%. It is among the USA’s best-recovered major airports. It ended the year as the world’s 33rd busiest airport. It will not be long until Phoenix reaches the 50 millionth passenger milestone.

Its growth was helped by the arrival of Allegiant (2021), Breeze (2022), and Flair (2023), amongst others, and big growth by multiple operators, most notably Spirit (seats up 400%+ versus S19). Cirium schedules information shows that Phoenix’s growth was despite the seat capacity of American, by far the largest operator, being down by 5% compared to 2019.

Phoenix traffic 2006-2023

Non-stop flights to 139 airports in S24, including Paris CDG for the first time

Based on having a minimum of four departing flights, Phoenix’s summer network comprises 139 non-stop destinations, of which 115 are domestic. The remaining 24 are in five countries. Mexico has the most destinations (11 this season), then Canada (nine).

Long-haul flights are to the UK (London LHR with British Airways and American), Germany (Frankfurt with Condor) and – for the first time – France. Air France will begin Paris CDG-Phoenix on 23 May (3-weekly). It will be the first time that Phoenix has had three long-haul destinations and three European airlines.

It is not just CDG that is new. Using Cirium to compare Phoenix’s 2019 network with 2024 indicates that 24 airports have joined its route map. They include Norfolk, which Breeze will begin on 3 October (2-weekly). However, eight destinations are no longer served. What remains unchanged is that Denver is still the most-served airport. It has 167-seat weekly flights in June with Southwest (83), United (35), Frontier (28) and American (21).

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Top 10 Phoenix destinations S24

American and Southwest’s share is considerable but has fallen

American and Southwest are so highly dominant that they collectively have more than seven in ten Phoenix seats (73%). However, their share has fallen by seven percentage points compared to 2019 partly due to the growth of other carriers. Phoenix is America’s sixth-busiest hub this summer – and Southwest’s number-six airport.

American has 102 routes in S24, which include 12 international as far as London LHR. New routes include Provo, to begin on 7 October (daily). When it starts, the Utah airport will have Phoenix flights by three airlines, with American coexisting with Allegiant and Breeze. Allegiant also serves Phoenix AZA from Provo.

Southwest has 58 routes, of which Denver, Las Vegas, Chicago MDW, Dallas DAL, San Diego, Houston HOU, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and Austin have the most seats. Routes include Washington IAD, introduced on 11 April 2024 (5-weekly), with Des Moines returning on 23 November (in W24). It ends Houston IAH in August as it is pulling out of that airport to consolidate at HOU.

Top 10 Phoenix airlines S24

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