Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) – like most airports around the world – has been on quite a roller coaster ride when it comes to passenger traffic over the last two years. 

PTIA hit a low point in the spring of 2020 when, on one day, more people worked at the airport terminal than flew in and out of it.  Since then, there have been ups and downs in those numbers, and, at the Tuesday, Oct. 26 meeting of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, the new numbers for September were released.

The passenger stats for September 2021 presented at the monthly board meeting revealed that passenger traffic in and out of PTIA was up 128 percent in September 2021 when compared with September 2020.

However, year-to-date stats for 2021 show that passenger traffic in 2021 is down 48 percent this year when compared to last year. 

The airport’s stats also show that passenger traffic in both 2020 and 2021 has been significantly below pre-pandemic levels back in the good old days of 2019. 

One positive during the pandemic for PTIA Airport has been cargo traffic, and that continues to be the case.  The amount of cargo coming in and out of the airport was up 92 percent in September 2021 over September 2020 – and was up 31 percent in a year-to-date comparison.

Cargo for September 2021 was up 45 percent compared with September two years ago before COVID-19 struck.

In another stat, the total number of departing seats out of PTIA booked for November 2021 is 102,300 – which is down 15 percent over November 2019.

 Load factor – which reflects the average percentage of airplane seats departing from PTIA that were filled with passengers – was 79 percent in July 2021.

July’s load factor was higher than July of 2020 but slightly less than in July of 2019.