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Monday, April 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM - For Immediate Release

Sacramento Intl Airport Sets February Record for Passengers Served

SACRAMENTO – Off-peak month? Not here. In February, passenger traffic at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) increased a whopping 13.4 percent over February 2017, making it the busiest February in airport history.

Both January and February 2018 broke all-time records for monthly traffic. As a result, the airport’s year-over-year growth to date is up 12.6 percent over the same time period in 2017. 

The numbers are noteworthy because January and February are considered lower-demand months for air travel.

The upward trend is expected to continue as passengers have additional flights and new destinations from which to choose. Among the offerings:

  • Daily service to St. Louis and Austin begins April 8 on Southwest
  • Seasonal service to Boston on JetBlue begins May 3
  • Daily service to Orlando begins May 6 on Southwest
  • Daily service to Vancouver begins May 17 on Air Canada. Air Canada, operating out of Terminal A, will become the airport’s third international carrier
  • Seasonal service to Cabo on Alaska Airlines begins May 26 and runs till Aug. 11, starting again Nov. 10 - Dec. 29

“These numbers reflect strong community support and we are grateful to our passengers for choosing Sacramento International Airport for their travel needs,” said Sacramento County Director of Airports John Wheat. “Based on flight schedules, we expect to serve more than 11.5 million customers in 2018, breaking our own record for yearly traffic.”

Sacramento International Airport served 10.9 million passengers in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 10.7 million set in 2007.

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