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Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:38 PM - For Immediate Release

Airport Records 42 Months of Increased Passenger Growth

SACRAMENTO – As of September, passenger traffic at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) has increased a robust 6.4% year-to-date over 2016. September also marks the 42nd consecutive month of month-over-month growth, reversing passengers lost during the recession and pointing to record-breaking traffic by the end of 2017 or 2018.

September is an off-peak month, yet the airport served 10.4 % more passengers in September 2017 compared to the same period last year, reports show.

“Sacramento has reduced the peaks and valleys of seasonal air travel and moved to a more stable travel environment,” said John Wheat, Director of Airports for the Sacramento County Department of Airports. “Having healthy, year-round demand for travel improves our ability to get new air service. We look forward to meeting this demand.”

Since 2016, Sacramento International Airport added nonstop service to Baltimore, Newark, Spokane, and Cabo San Lucas and added additional airline carriers to Salt Lake City, Boise, Chicago, Long Beach, and San Diego.

Next year, Sacramento International Airport will offer new nonstop service to New Orleans, Austin, St. Louis and Orlando.

The steady growth in passenger traffic reflects airline response to passenger demand for new air service, improvements to the local economy, and an improved competitive profile for Sacramento International Airport. The airport improved operational efficiencies and has significantly reduced the cost per enplanement – an algorithm airlines use to determine the cost of doing business at an airport.

“We are on the right track for continuing improved service for the Sacramento region,” said Wheat. “We are grateful to our airline partners, our customers, and our employees for making this possible.”

Enplanement reports are available here:

The Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport offers more than 155 daily nonstop flights on 12 domestic and international carriers to 36 destinations. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County Department of Airports is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit