Passenger Traffic Grew 7.4% In December at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Detroit, Mich., (February 3, 2014)--A strong finish at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) helped propel calendar year 2013 past 2012 for total passenger traffic, according to statistics released today by the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Department of Financial Planning & Analysis.

Compared to December 2012, total passengers for the month of December 2013 increased 7.4% to nearly 2.6 million bringing the total passenger count to 32,389,544 for the year—an increase of 0.5%.  Some of the December growth is attributable to 2013’s late Thanksgiving holiday on November 28. Many leisure travelers returned home from the holiday after the calendar page turned from November to December.

“It’s good to see more customers in the terminals,” said CEO Tom Naughton. “Increased activity at the airport has a beneficial influence on our economy, creating more jobs and a higher demand for local goods and services.”

A report issued last month by University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business estimated that activity at DTW has a total, annual economic impact of $10.2 billion and is responsible for 86,000 jobs across the State of Michigan.

Aircraft landings and take-offs were up slightly less than 1% for the month of December and declined 0.5% for the year.

Click to view the full report. Please note that airport statistics are subject of change as airlines report updates to WCAA.