St. Louis airport passenger traffic hits 15-year high

St. Louis Lambert International Airport saw its highest passenger total since 2003 last year. Approximately 15.6 million passengers went through the airport in 2018, a 5.9 percent increase from 2017, airport officials reported Tuesday.

Passenger totals have grown for 40 straight months at the airport, according to a press release.

Southwest Airlines was the airport’s dominant carrier, accounting for more than 60 percent of passengers, according to the release. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were responsible for about 15 and 11 percent of passenger traffic, respectively.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson believes the increased activity at the airport is indicative of the city’s growth as a whole.

“The airport’s milestone year coincides with a record-breaking year in tourism for the region with 25.8 million visitors and a record-breaking year in investment in the city, from business expansions and new startups to major construction projects,” Krewson said in a press release.


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