Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) doesn’t have a complete set of passenger stats yet for 2023, which is quickly coming to an end.

But it does have numbers for all the months except December.  So, airport officials have a pretty darn good idea as to how 2023 is shaping up.  And the answer to that question is that, well, things are pretty darn good.

The most recent year-to-date statistics were presented at the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority at the board’s Tuesday, Dec. 19, meeting.

As has been the case since the end of the pandemic, passenger numbers at PTIA have been rising steadily.  In the latest report, the number of passengers in and out of the airport increased 18 percent in November 2023 over November 2022.

As for the year to date, the number of passengers was up 12 percent – showing good solid growth.

PTIA still isn’t where it was before March of 2020 when COVID restrictions struck the airline industry with a vengeance, but PTIA is headed back toward those pre-pandemic levels and 2024 could be the year that the passenger stats break through the 2019 levels.

The number of passengers for November 2023 came in 11 percent under the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport in 2019.

Some other stats reported at the meeting this week were as follows:

• Cargo at the airport was down 17 percent in November 2023 over November 2022 – and down 19 percent year to date. Cargo for November 2023 vs. 2019 was up 20 percent.

• The total scheduled departing seats for February 2024 – whether booked or not – is 86,579, up 5 percent over February 2023.

• Load factor – the average percentage of airplane seats departing from PTIA that were filled with passengers – was 79 percent in September 2023. September’s load factor is 6 percentage points lower than September 2022 and 5 points higher than September 2019.