With recent announcements of major aeronautics companies choosing to come to Piedmont Triad International Airport’s (PTIA’s) megasite – and several more prospects thought to be in the pipeline – the airport is really living up to its promise of becoming a huge economic development hub and job creator for Guilford County.

And while the airport is certainly not where it wants to be in terms of passenger traffic, it’s at lease continually making steady progress in that area as well.

New stats released by the seven-member Piedmont Triad Airport Authority after their April 2023 meeting earlier this week demonstrated continued growth in the number of people flying in and out of PTIA.

According to the latest stats, passengers flying in and out of the airport were up 9 percent in March 2023 over March 2022 and were up 13 percent year to date.

That’s good news but the airport is still well below its pre-pandemic levels – a stat that Airport Authority members constantly look at.  According to the new stats, passenger traffic for February 2023 versus 2019 was down 20 percent.

The number of total departing seats scheduled for May 2023 was 98,808 up 17 percent over May 2022.  However, that number of total departing seats was down 19 percent from May 2019.

Cargo numbers at PTIA, which were a real bright spot during the virtually passenger-less height of the pandemic, fell this month.  The amount of cargo coming in and out of PTIA was down 24 percent in March 2023 compared to March 2022 and down 23 percent year to date.

The cargo numbers are still higher than pre pandemic levels:  For March 2023, the amount of cargo in and out of the airport was up 14 percent over March of 2019.