News from the Sky: Super Bowl Set Record Numbers at Phoenix Sky Harbor

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The spike in passenger traffic and airport operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor from the recent Feb. 12 Super Bowl was nothing short of remarkable. Monday, Feb. 13, marked a milestone day for America’s Friendliest Airport® as more than 200,000 visitors came through the Airport.

It was the single busiest day in Phoenix Sky Harbor International’s history. The Airport, which served more than 44 million passengers in 2022, handles an average of 120,000 passengers on an average day.

There were other interesting results that transpired on Monday, Feb. 13. Among them:

* 1,691 takeoffs and landings—compared to 1,200 on an average day

* No wait time at the TSA security checkpoints was more than 22 minutes

* 90,244 passengers screened including charter and private aircraft operations. Of this, TSA screened 83,914 passengers through their checkpoints, making PHX the busiest airport in the nation.

* 47,206 total checked bags including terminal and charter operations

* 2,132 bags checked using the Early Bag Check service

* More than 9,100 rental car returns and more than 5,600 rental car pick-ups

* Nearly 50,000 people rode the PHX Sky Train®

* 1,367 total taxi operations (pickups and drop offs)

* 23,657 rideshare operations (pickups and drop offs)

* 313 business/corporate flight operations (arrivals and departures)

* 12 charter operations

This was the fourth time Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport welcomed visitors to the area for the Big Game. Planning began more than a year ago as the Airport worked closely with the airlines, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), law enforcement, concessionaires, and the Super Bowl Host Committee to prepare.

Many airport partners brought in additional staff just for the event.

Phoenix’s general aviation airports were also busy. Phoenix Deer Valley Airport recorded 135 aircraft that came in for the Big Game. On Feb. 13, there were 91 operations. On the other hand, Phoenix Goodyear Airport had 130 aircraft come in for the Super Bowl, and total operations for Feb. 13 were 137.