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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
A rebounding business travel market in the U.S. coupled with increased foreign arrivals are pushing passenger volume at U.S. airports to new records in 2014. But it’s worth noting that Phoenix did so well in a month that began with prominent people pushing a boycott of Arizona for its anti-gay laws (before they were pulled back).
More than 4 million passengers passed through Phoenix’s international airport during the month of March, setting a record.
City officials announced Monday that March marked the busiest month in the history of Sky Harbor as well as a 3.2 percent increase over the numbers recorded in March 2013.
Phoenix Aviation Director Danny Murphy says spring training, students on spring break and Arizona’s weather helped to attract visitors in March.
In the first three months of this year, the airport saw a 3.3 percent increase in passenger numbers compared to the same time period in 2013.
Officials say April statistics for Sky Harbor are not yet available.
Hotels and resorts throughout the valley also saw a nearly 3 percent increase in occupancy in March compared to the same time last year.
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