Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport sets passenger record on Super Bowl Monday

By Christina Estes
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 11:24pm

A sign welcomes Super Bowl visitors
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A sign welcomes Super Bowl visitors at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in January 2023.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reported more than 200,000 travelers the day after Super Bowl LVII.

The airport had about 500 more takeoffs and landings than a typical Monday. TSA officers screened more than 83,000 passengers leaving, nearly twice the regular number, making Sky Harbor the nation’s busiest airport that day.

Aviation Services Director Chad Makovsky said Monday was also a big day for the rental car center. “More than 9,100 rental cars were returned on one day, making it another record,” he said. “Another 5,600 were picked up on that same day.”

With several Super Bowl-related events downtown, Valley Metro reported a 60% increase in light rail boardings.

Highlights provided by Sky Harbor Airport:

Overall, Phoenix Sky Harbor saw the following on Monday, February 13:

  • 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 total rideshare operations (pickups and drop offs)
  • 313 business/corporate flight operations (arrivals and departures)
  • 12 charter operation