2022 Harrisburg International Airport traffic up 23% Vs 2021

Cargo tonnage down 10% vs 2021’s record

(Middletown, PA – January 25, 2022) – Passenger traffic continues to return to Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) as 1,256,348 passengers used the airport in 2022—an increase of 23 percent compared to 2021. 

HIA served 1.5 million passengers in 2019—an all-time high—however, due to the impacts of COVID-19, served a record low of just 633,310 passengers in 2020.  In 2021, as travel slowly resumed, HIA served slightly more than one million travelers.  

Throughout 2022, leisure travel remained very strong as business travel picked up  The airlines offered 12 percent more seats for sale while the airport set a new departing load factor record (the number of seats occupied) of 88 percent. 

American remains the largest air carrier at HIA serving 43% of total passengers. Allegiant ranked third and was the only airline to serve more passengers in 2022 than they did in 2019. 

Airline2022 PassengersVs 2021Market Share
American Airlines537,34817 %43 %
Delta Air Lines252,87431 %20 %
Allegiant240,42030 %19 %
United Airlines184,95227 %15 %
Frontier Airlines39,0748 %3 %
Charters1,68092 %0 %
Total1,256,34823 %100 %

Orlando remained the top domestic destination for HIA travelers while Cancun ranked number one for international travelers. More than 200 people a day flew to or form an international destination in 2022—75 percent of 2019’s total. 

3ChicagoMexico City
4Tampa/St. PeteMontego Bay
5Ft. Myers/Punta GordaToronto
6CharlotteSan Juan
9Dallas/Ft. WorthRome
10NashvillePunta Cana

Air Cargo down 10%

More than 57,000 tons of air cargo was flown into and out of the region via HIA during 2022 by UPS, FedEx, DHL, and their subsidiary partners. While down 10% from 2021’s record, 2022 was the fourth busiest air cargo year in the airports more than 50-year history. 

“We look forward to working with the airlines so travel returns to 2019 passenger and 2021 cargo levels,” said Timothy J. Edwards, Executive Director. “There are many factors that will determine when this happens including the local, state, and national economies, the availability of airplanes and pilots, airfares, and fuel costs. There is strong demand for passenger and cargo airline service from the residents and businesses in our region and from those looking to deliver products purchased by our region and for those coming to attend a conference, event or to visit family and friends.”

To learn more, visit www.flyhia.com

Media Inquiries: Contact, Scott Miller
(717) 948-3900 ext. 4620


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