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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 5:00 AM - For Immediate Release

Passenger Traffic at Sac International Airport Increased 7.1% in 2015

SACRAMENTO – Passenger traffic at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) grew 7.1 percent over 2014, airport officials have announced, an increase of more than 636,000 passengers over the previous year. The airport has now reported 22 consecutive months of increased enplanements

An estimated 9.6 million passengers traveled through SMF in 2015.  Big increases were seen in the traditionally busy travel months:  Passenger traffic in July 2015 was up 9.8 percent over 2014; November traffic increased 8.8 percent and December figures improved by 5.7 percent.

The average number of monthly seats was up 5.6 percent from last year, with passenger traffic outpacing the increase in available seats.

Airport officials attribute the steady increase to carriers adding destinations and seat capacity and continuing improvements in the regional economy.  The airport has increased efforts to proactively market Sacramento International Airport to incumbent and prospective carriers, and has made great strides to identify and attract airlines to unserved and underserved nonstop markets.

“We continue to see an upward trend in both seat capacity and total passengers and are hopeful this trend will continue in 2016,” said Director of Airports John Wheat. “We are grateful to our airline carriers for responding to customer demand and to our passengers for choosing Sacramento International Airport.”

Recent air service additions at Sacramento International Airport include:

  • Southwest Airlines, Sacramento International Airport’s largest carrier, started daily nonstop service to Boise on Jan. 6
  • American Airlines is adding nonstop service to Chicago-O’Hare International Airport in June 2016.
  • JetBlue added seasonal nonstop service to Boston in June 2015; service will resume in June 2016 and extend into the fall.
  • Delta added new nonstop service to flights to Seattle in May 2015
  • Aeromexico added nonstop service to Mexico City in April 2015


Sacramento International Airport is a self-supporting enterprise offering more than 135 nonstop flights on 10 domestic and international carriers to 29 cities.

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