Sandy scuttled NYC airports’ chance to reach passenger record in 2012
Travellers surround a flight monitor showing cancelled flights at LaGuardia airport in New York October 28, 2012. Andrees Latif / Reuters
Airport activity is almost at pre-recession levels due to the steadily increasing influx of foreign visitors to New York City; however, the number of domestic and business travelers has still not bounced back.
Passenger traffic at the New York area’s four commercial airports increased in 2012 despite closures caused by Superstorm Sandy.
More than 109 million travelers used the four airports. That’s just below the pre-recession record of 110 million set in 2007.
Traffic at JFK Airport reached an all-time high with 49.3 million passengers.
Superstorm Sandy cancelled thousands of flights and forced the airports to close. All reopened within days.