Wilkes-Barre Scranton Airport passenger departures still on the rise


Northeastern Pennsylvania - Monthly passenger departures from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport increased over the same month the previous year for the 19th straight time in September.

The 17,098 passengers on planes that left the local airport was 17.3% more than in September 2021, airport director Carl Beardsley Jr. reported during a board meeting on Thursday.

So far, 144,566 passengers have departed on flights from the airport in 2022. With three months left to count, the airport will almost surely surpass the 156,786 of 2021. Even with the improvement, the pre-COVID-19 pandemic, annual record of 296,632 departures, set in 2019, remains far off.

That record was set with three airlines — United, American, and Delta — but the airport still hasn’t replaced Delta, which pulled out during the pandemic in 2020.

Beardsley said United’s and American’s flights remain mostly full each month with 90.4% of available seats sold on American flights and 84.7% on United’s. Both figures dropped slightly from September 2021, but Beardsley pointed out American offered 43% more seats in September than a year ago. United offered 2.3% fewer seats.

“Seat availability is important when you’re trying to grow passenger boarding,” Beardsley said.